Posted by: danielfee | June 24, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 06-24-2012

Gate of Heavenly Peace – Forbidden City – Beijing, China

 Until 1911 access to the Forbidden City was denied to all except for those with imperial permission. The 78 acre walled city was built in 1421 when the Yongle emperor moved the capital to Beijing from Nanjing. It was used by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was considerably restored and embellished since the Ming dynasty and most of the buildings you see today were built during and after the 18th century. The best way to approach the Forbidden City is from the south through Tiananmen Square and crossing under Chang’an Dajie road through the pedestrian underpass. As you cross over the arched marble bridges you arrive at the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its monumental portrait of Mao. Crossing through this gate you will be in the outer courtyard just outside of the Meridian Gate (Wumen), which marks the entrance proper to the Forbidden City. This gate was reserved for the sole use of the emperor.

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