Thousands of oppressed peasants + 1 Royal family =
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is huge, yet kept in surprisingly good condition - considering the fate of many historic treasures during the Cultural Revolution. We only got to see a fraction of the entire palace. I'm sure it would take weeks to appreciate the whole thing.
Useless Trivia Alert: there are 9,999.5 rooms in the whole palace. Why? The Palace of Heaven is supposed to have 10,000 rooms and the emperor is supposed to be the Son of Heaven, and the Chinese have always been reeeal big on respect for one's elders SO... 9,999. And a half. What I want to know is: how do you build half a room?
Trotting through throne room after courtyard after throne room, we
noticed something peculiar (besides the fact that we weren't
the only Chinese people around for a change): Everywhere we looked
there would be yet another woman dressed in elaborate evening dress. I'm
talking sequins, pearls, hats, heels, boas, the works -- something that
can only be understood through the Guide To Dressing Like A Local.
Forbidden City highlights:
The Wall of Nine Dragons
A Quick Tour of Structural Details
The Wacky Seester