Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Forbidden City

After so many posting, I only reach my third day in Beijing today.
This morning, I have an appointment with tour-beijing dot com to visit a few places in Beijing. The package is called Tour B, which comprises of Forbidden City, Temple Of Heaven and Summer Palace which cost US$20.00 per head. And today's posting is only part of Tour B. I will post more photos on Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace on some other day.
This is a daily tour package which I have booked on-line before my departure. The tour price include:
1. Pick-up service from the hotel.
2. Air-conditioned tour bus.
3. Entrance tickets of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.
4. English Speaking Tour Guide.
5. Lunch.
Taken From Wikipedia:
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five centuries, it served as the home of the Emperor and his household, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.
Built from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms[1] and covers 720,000 square metres (7,800,000 square feet). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture,[2] and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987,[2] and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Part of the museum's former collection is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Both museums descend from the same institution, but were split after the Chinese Civil War. For more click 'here'.

The weather was fine when we left our hotel. So I didn't bring along the umbrella which I brought along from Malaysia. Unfortunately, it started to rain when we arrive our destination. The disposable rain coat which I carried along (Made In China) was so fragile that it tear off before I can even put it on. As such I need to buy another umbrella which cost me RMB10.
Well it rain the whole day today..
The complex is really huge and I need I need half day to complete the tour. However, we skip many places and takes only two hours to finish the tour.
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Pak Zawi said...

Sero nak gi Beijing sekali lagi lepas tengok gambar demo.

Smilingsal said...

What a shame about the rain, but your tour looks interesting.

sripekan said...

when i was climbing the great wall i met alot of malaysian...we look at each other and said 'malaysia bolih'...

Author said...

A fabulous peep through a window to another World. Thank you.

subtorp77 said...

Yet another place I'd like to visit...someday. For now, I'll settle for your guided view :) Nice snaps indeed, despite the weather :)

fishing guy said...

KB: What beautiful photos of a special city on a rainy day. It looks like a great tour you are having in china.

xplorer said...

you should read the autobiography of emperor PUYI-the last emperor of china and revisit forbidden city , i,m very sure that your perception on forbidden city will change and you appreciation will be higher

maryt/theteach said...

thank you for sharing your excellent pictures of the Forbidden City! I like your bright, crisp header as well! :)

Thomas C B Chua said...

KBguy, great trip u had n great photos 2. Tks 4 sharing

rainstorm said...

US$20@day trip, thats dirt cheap when cover 3 places. However, this is not sufficient even to cover The Frbidden City in 1 day. Any purple flowers in Temple of Heaven ?