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May 20, 2008

Forbidden City

Forbidden City
Well, Where should I start? Today was a beautiful day. Why? The weather was lovely through out the whole day. We predicted it would rain some time during the time when we are touring but luckily it did not rain. I did feel a few light raindrops. Anyways, We went straight to the Tiananmen Square after breakfast. For the first half of the day, everywhere we went, the place is flooded with domestic tours as well as foreigners. Then we crossed a huge highway over to the Forbidden City. The route that we used to cross to the Forbidden City was a subway. The subway was dark and dirty. There was a lot construction while we were walking in the subway; I didn’t the smell of the subway. Also, I was worrying that the fume in the subway might be toxic because of the construction. We arrived in the in the south gate of the Forbidden City. Our Plan was to go through the South Gate and exit North Gate. So far our group did a good job keeping up with each and no one was lost yet.
We enter three gates in order to get to the inside of the Forbidden City. There were a few constructions in the Forbidden City. The palace is so old and yet so new at the same time. It is new because I have not seen something as beautiful as the palace. It makes me wonder what kind of life was living there beside all the detail facts that the guide, Kathy Chen, could tell us. It felt like the palace was so sacred that I felt the palace is alive. I got to see two thrones from the Tang Dynasty: rehearsal throne and the throne of the Empress (The Dragon Lady) tell his son what to do and what not to do. Nobody was able to get inside any of the room to touch any of the thrones because, in the past, people carved their names on the throne. Then we continue to walk in to the heart of the palace where the king live. The emperor bedroom had the most distinct design on it but his bed is like a box. His blanket is a bright yellow like gold, which I think it is an imperial color. There were many dragon designs on his bed, which dragons represent power. Next was the empress’ s room. Her room is more delicate than the concubines. Concubines have similar room. Majority of the rooms are small. In the palace there is also a garden for the king to take his walk. Many of the features in the garden are very beautiful. It is something that I cannot find it in America. I took some pictures but no good shot. At last we made it to the North Gate and went looking for our driver, then we went to Lunch. Exhausted but it was worth it. I wish every room in the palace could open up to the public. I was wondering what it would be like to live in the palace during a time where there were emperor and empress.