Breaching the City Walls

The old walls and massive gates of Beijing’s Forbidden City, imposing as they are, were no match for the masses of mostly domestic tourists pouring in past the bronze studded red wooden doors and over the canal to get their piece of Ming/Qing Dynasty grandeur.

It turns out the Spring Festival is a very popular time for Chinese tourists to visit the Forbidden City
It turns out the Spring Festival is a very popular time for Chinese tourists to visit the Forbidden City
Massive red doors once kept the peasantry out, now the masses rub its armaments for good luck.
Massive red doors once kept the peasantry out, now the masses rub its armaments for good luck.

Fireworks were still randomly exploding around Beijing, but the wind was blowing and the sun was out, it was a fantastic day to walk those well worn stone steps.

Forbidden City 11

Forbidden City 12

Forbidden City 13

Forbidden City and city

Forbidden City arch

Forbidden City cieling

Forbidden City door

Forbidden City garden dragon

Forbidden City gate

Forbidden City in the city

Forbidden City kid

Forbidden City steps

Forbidden City tourists

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