These statues are technically lions, but are often called temple dogs because of their canine features. They usually come in pairs with one on each side of the steps or gate. This one is male because he has a ball under his paw.
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This faded aerial photograph shoes the relationship and size of the Forbidden City and Jingshen Park. Jingshen Park is the green circle at the top of the photo and everything inside the blue moat is the Forbidden City.
This is the view of the Forbidden City from the hill in Jingshan Park. The green covered entrance gate is being restored. All the orange colored roofs are part of the Forbidden City.
As you can see, I was not kidding about the smog and haze limiting visibility.
Most of the major tourist attractions in Beijing stretch along a north-south axis. South of the Forbidden City is Tienanmen Square and north of it is Jingshan Park. It has a pagoda at the top of it. The hill is very popular with exerciser as it has a lot of rugged steep steps and paths to the top. From the top the views of the Forbidden City would be excellent if it weren't for the ubiquitous smog.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I assume the words in Chinese mean something because they went to a lot of trouble to work the scaffolding around them. The North Gate to the Forbidden City has a full ticket booth and the temporary parking is easier for groups to load and unload.
The traditional method of touring the Forbidden City is to enter at the South Gate, but using the North Gate is much more practical if you intend to continue on to Tienanmen Square afterwards. Like several portions of the Forbidden City, the North Gate spent much of 2007 in scaffolding undergoing refurbishment for all the Olympic tourists.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
The entire Forbidden City complex is surrounded by a wide moat with entrances at the north and south end. The south end faces Tienanmen Square is the more famous side. The north side tends to be quieter. This picture was taken on the northeast corner of the complex and looks on the emperor's private garden area.