Best of China:The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

With calves still burning from the previous day at The Great Wall, I set out for Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City  with the sunrise. Whereas yesterday had been peaceful and scenic, today was the exact opposite. Just pure city and lots of crowds.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square was filled with statues,decorative gardens, and larger-than-life TV screens. Official buildings and museums outline the edge of the square. Although I didn’t visit these, they are a huge attraction and account for much of the constant crowds.

Monument to People's Heroes

Monument to People’s Heroes

Tiananmen Square- Gardens and Crowds

Tiananmen Square- Gardens and Crowds

Forbidden City

I’ve wanted to cross this site off my list for a long time,so I was ecstatic to finally be able to do so. Situated directly across from Tiananmen Square. A fun piece of trivia picked up: it’s called the Forbidden City because , in ancient times, only emperors and their closest officials were allowed to enter the city.

Entrance of the Forbidden City

Entrance of the Forbidden City

Inside it seemed like the city went on forever. There were rock gardens, life-sized marble statues, and even concubine quarters. I walked around for over three hours and still didn’t see everything there. It’s definitely an all-day excursion.

Entrance to forbidden city

Entrance to forbidden city

Wall inside the city

Wall inside the city

Mix of a turtle and dragon. A turgon?

Mix of a turtle and dragon. A turgon?

Rock Gardens

Rock Gardens

So, to quickly sum up my final thoughts on the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square; it was busy. Too busy to put on my “visit again” list but,nevertheless,being able to say I was here is more than worth it.