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Tiernuman Square and The Forbidden Palace

July 6th

sunny 38 °C

Walking with a local guide, Kristy, we headed first to Tierniman Square and then the Forbidden Palace . Holidays have just begun in China so it was very crowded with Chinese from distant Providences who had come to stand in a queue for over 2 hours to view the body of Chairman Mao in a crystal coffin, they are moved on after 1 minute. T Square is very large and is surrounded by all the historic gates and walls of the Ming Dynasty.
IMG_20180706_082313.jpgIMG_20180706_083036.jpgIMG_20180706_083043.jpgIMG_20180706_083510.jpgIMG_20180706_084111.jpg Couldn't see any tanks.

Onto the Forbidden Palace, from the Ming Dynasty which is decorated with so many powerful symbols created by people who believe that they are god-like and have the power of life and death over all their subjects. This was where the movie 'The Last Emperor' was filmed and we saw the school room where Johnston his English tutor instructed him.
We also saw the rooms of the powerful and despotic dowager Empress who was the second last ruler of China.
Everything about the palace had significance, from the numbers of gargoyles on the roofs to the feng shui in the positioning of buildings.
One story that intrigued me was about a marble carving that was in one continuous piece up a gigantic stair case. it was carved from white marble quarried about 50km south of Beijing in I think about the 1400's and it was moved in a solid piece. In preparation they dug wells all along the proposed route, then they waited until winter to move it. Men would go along to the next well, bring water to spread over the road, wait for it to freeze and then slide it along until they reached the next well.

Card alert: John lost his first card to a hungry ATM

Posted by Seniorcitizens 07:33 Archived in China

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