The forbidden city shows the imperial past and gives you the feeling of the opulent, unwavering rule the Chinese emperors of past held. This palace makes you feel unworthy of it’s glory.
You enter through the main gate and walk under the watchful eye of the late, honored Chairman Mao. This is a must family portrait spot for many Chinese that make the pilgrimage here.
Within the walls, after paying your entrance fee, there are a plethora of rooms, halls, and small museum sections. You can even have a digital video of yourself flying over this once forbidden city palace.
At the exit, or back entrance to the forbidden city is a great park and pagoda giving the viewer great views over the city.
Tiananmen square is a 20 minute walk south back through the forbidden city or along the moat and streets. A taxi can also be taken to find a traditional Chinese tea house to relax in. After a tea, it’s time to count the guards in the world’s largest square. The Chinese national museum is also worth a visit.
If you arrive early in the day, you can be blessed with gazing upon the man who united China and established communism. Chairman Mao’s body has been entombed and placed on display for worship. We arrived too late, so instead we took in the awe that photos don’t do justice.