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  • Forbidden City : Not so "Forbidden" anymore! :')

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    Forbidden City
    I had always been fascinated by the Chinese Imperial Culture.Well,every other culture fascinates me but there is something else altogether about the age-old Civilisations. My visit to the Forbidden City was one such experience that gave me a little sneak peak into the yesteryears
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    Forbidden City
    There is just one entrance to the Forbidden City,it was already a thrilling experience for me. Anything that has got a single entry point holds a huge importance.On seeing the structure after passing through the tunnel,I was spellbound.I recalled the 1st time I had seen Taj Mahal
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    Forbidden City
    The Portrait of Mao is the first thing one would see on entering the Tiananmen Square. It's amazing to see how China respects it's Leaders,so much so that their presence is felt in places that have been there since the time of the Emperors.
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    Forbidden City
    The "Change of Guards" ceremony is quite different when it comes to the Forbidden City.There is a sense of Chinese-ness in the way they march to their positions & make way for the next set of Guards. Seeing a huge chunk of Chinese population made me feel like a part of the crowd.
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    Forbidden City
    Like I have mentioned in the first post of this trail,the age-old civilisations have something different about them. On seeing the water fountain dance to the tunes of the Imperial Chinese music,I couldn't help but notice the grand stature of everything around me.
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    Forbidden City
    The Palace housed a new & huge store that had every book related to the Imperial Chinese system that had existed in China for hundreds of years. Most of them were penned in Traditional Chinese but quite a few had proper English Translations as well. Read a few of them for a while
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    Forbidden City
    Walking on the paths that were once followed by the Great Emperors from the Ming to the Qing Dynasty,it felt like a surreal experience. The Imperial Gardens were surrounding the other palaces & the cold winter had withered quite a lot of them but they've stood the test of time.
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    Forbidden City
    The Seat of the Last Chinese Emperor,Pu Yi.I had read about him earlier,how he was forced to abdicate his throne & was also tried as a war criminal. A seat that was preserved for the mighty Emperors wasn't a boon for the last ever Emperor of China.
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    Forbidden City
    People go to the forbidden city to see the artifacts left behind by one of the most important Imperials of the World. I too had done the same but I found myself getting attracted to the other little things that were going on inside the boundaries of the Great Forbidden City.
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    Forbidden City
    In Ancient China,the Emperor of China was regarded as the Son of Heaven,who administered earthly matters on behalf of God. Showing respect to the Heaven was deep rooted in their culture & such ceremonies were performed in this complex during the time of Harvest. How stunning.
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    Forbidden City
    On seeing the huge amount of crowd inflowing the Forbidden City,I got to experience observing different people at once. I could see the kids bombarding their parents with questions or the couples in it with a tincture of their own world & I could see some sincere disciples. :')
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    Forbidden City
    Going there early as soon as possible was a huge bonus for me.The Forbidden City isn't a tourist location for only us,the Chinese were too present in bulk later during the day. Forbidden City is huge with nearly 1000 buildings & 180 acres.It wasn't difficult to feel tiny there.
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    Forbidden City
    The Jingshan Park is separated from the Forbidden City but can be accessed through the various routes in the City itself. I could see many people with their entire families soaking up the heat in that extremely cold day. I spent a good 20 minutes sitting on the stairs of this.
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    Forbidden City
    Jingshan Park was pure delightful.Away from the historical part of the Forbidden City,it was more about the people who still found the City an important part of their life. Did the Emperors get to see such but in a less formal way? Was it always in the Court? Time has changed.
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    Forbidden City
    The Palace of Heavenly Purity was the residence of the Emperor up until the end of the Ming Dynasty.The Large space was divided into 9 rooms & 27 beds.For security reasons,the Emperor would choose among these beds on a night. Later it became the audience hall for the Emperors. :D
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    Forbidden City
    The Towers of the Forbidden City stood tall & were yet ready to protect everyone inside it. Forbidden City was meant to be in the center of the ancient walled City of Beijing.There were places I did not understand & places where I was at peace.This was one such place.
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    Forbidden City
    The Jingshan Park was my favorite part of the Forbidden City. That's the place where you can see the entire Imperial City from the top.Even after walking through the gates of various Palaces or the huge number of rooms,I got to know the stature once when I got to see this.
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    Forbidden City
    It was a pretty cold day & Winters in Beijing can be harsh & rough. I had decided to omit the Chinese Holidays & Peak seasons in order to not get washed away with the crowd. The entire atmosphere changed once the snowfall started.It was breathtakingly beautiful & freaking freezin
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    Forbidden City
    The snowfall subsided & thanks to my interest in History,I had spent an entire day at the Forbidden City. It was said that Noone could enter or exit the place without the Emperor's permission & there I was among the hundreds present to catch a glimpse of the sunset. :')
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    Forbidden City
    As I was standing there,amidst the centuries old history of an Empire that shaped today's powerful China,I could clearly see how the Air Pollution is a serious issue in the Capital.I could not see the Skyscrapers that were clearly visible earlier in the day,it had gotten hazy.
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    Forbidden City
    One enters the Forbidden City from the south & exits the place from the North.That's how it has been since hundreds of years & the tradition continues till today. One can skip the long queues by entering from the south but from different directions : a hack. ;)
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    Forbidden City
    There are many UNESCO World Heritage structures inside the Imperial City itself & the Ancient Chinese wooden architecture was on top of the list. It was simply exquisite.I could see how the Imperial City was the most revered place in the whole of China for so many years together
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    Forbidden City
    Contrast.That's what I saw when I was standing here.Here was the entrance to the Forbidden Palace built in 1417.Fast Forward 500yrs & there was the 1989 protest & massacre.Fast Forward almost 30 yrs,I saw children running with Kites & Families picnicking. China & Censorship.
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    Forbidden City
    Right outside the Palace,there were people doing their chores.I wondered how it must feel to live by one of the most historical monuments of the World.Does it seem natural enough to cycle by it every single day? Does the legacy mean anything to anyone apart from the tourists?
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    Forbidden City
    Just like that,the evening came to an end & I saw the birds flying away & the people returning. It's funny to realise how free the birds really are.To go inside & come out from that one place where noone else was allowed without the Emperor's permission.Birds set some life goals
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    Forbidden City
    I was done with my day's tour to the Forbidden City. 80K tickets are assigned to the public each day while earlier it required the Emperor's nod to get a person inside the gates. From the Imperial age to the Massacres,this place had seen it all & stood tall like no other. :')

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