China
Shenwu Men

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  • Day62

    Verbotene Stadt

    August 29, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nachdem wir Anfang der Woche vor verschlossen Toren standen, ging es an unserem letzten Tag in Beijing erneut zur verbotenen Stadt. Im Gegensatz zum trüben und bedeckten grauen Himmel vom Montag hatten wir heute sagenhaftes Wetter. Das haben allerdings wohl auch andere Touristen registriert und so stellten wir uns schon bei der ersten Sicherheitskontrolle, im Bereich des Tiananmenplatz, in eine riesige Schlange, die sich aber doch rasch auflöste. Der Ticketkauf verlief wunderlicherweise ebenfalls super schnell (statt eine Eintrittskarte auszustellen, wurde die Passnummer im System registriert) und so betraten wir wie einst der Kaiser die verbotene Stadt durch das Haupttor, welches nur von ihm und wenigen seiner Gefährten begangen werden durfte. Das sehr weitläufige Palastmuseum besteht aus mehreren schön verzierten Hallen und Gebäuden, sowie imposanten Plätzen - alles jedoch deutlich weniger pompös als man das von europäischen Herrschaftsschlössern kennt.Read more

  • Day12

    Ankunft in Peking

    April 10, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nach 14-stündiger Zugfahrt, welche wir uns mit Bier & Reisschnaps erleichterten, erreichte morgens gegen 10 Uhr die Hauptstadt Chinas.🚅🏙 Dort angekommen starteten wir auch schon direkt mit unserem Programm in Peking, indem wir uns den Platz des himmlischen Friedens so wie den angrenzenden Kaiserpalast anschauten🏯🏺Alles in allem sehr prunkvoll aber verrückt wenn man bedenkt dass alles nur für eine Person war😂🤦🏼‍♂️ Nach dem Lunch verbrachten wir den Nachmittag in der Beijing Art Zone 798 um im Viertel verschiedene Einblicke in die Pekinger Jung-Kunstszene zu bekommen🛠🔩🎎🌅 Nach dem Abendessen bezogen wir unser Hotel Oak Grove Inn, welches Gott sei Dank auch Bleibe für den Rest der Woche sein wird🏨🥢 Den Abend ließen wir dann im VICS Club bei ein paar Cocktails ausklingen 😄🍻🍹🌃Read more

  • Day5

    Waiting

    September 27, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 28 °F

    That's part of our tour group just standing around with Kathy on the right. As for me, I'm too busy exploring the Forbidden City and taking pictures to just stand there and wait for the tour guide. This is, probably, a once in a lifetime visit! Explore it all and don't miss a thing!Read more

  • Day5

    Rooftops

    September 27, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    The roofs of the Imperial Palace buildings deserve special attention. Originally, the roofs were made mostly of wood, and to prevent the tiles from sliding, wooden nails were used. However, without lightning rods, the palace roof would easily catch fire. Therefore, some alchemists suggested that symbols of the fish-tail star could be installed on the roof to prevent fire. Later, these symbols were replaced by glazed tiles which were shaped like lucky animals, some of these, like dragons, were imaginary.Read more

  • Day5

    The Power of Color

    September 27, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Colors are very important in the symbolic system of the Chinese emperors. The two most important colors are yellow and red. Yellow is the imperial color, so the emperors' clothes were mostly yellow. In Chinese culture yellow is associated with respect. This color is found mainly on the roofs of the pavilions, the tiles are almost always yellow and glazed. Read more

  • Day5

    No Longer Forbidden

    September 27, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    The Forbidden City is not forbidden anymore. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City was forbidden for commoners and only opened for imperial families and government officials who were invited. Now, it’s open for all as a tourist attraction.Read more

  • Day5

    No Birds Allowed

    September 27, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    When visiting the Forbidden City, you may notice that no birds are sitting on the roofs. This is because the roofs have a special design.
    To keep the birds from landing on the roofs, so as to retain the cleanliness and magnificence of the Forbidden City, the smart craftsmen came up with an idea: they made the slope of each roof higher and made the roof spine wider than the width between a bird’s claws so that birds are unable to land on the roofs. Not only that, the roofs are made of glazed tile. These tiles are very slippery, making it impossible for birds to land on them.Read more

  • Day5

    Almost Done

    September 27, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    With all of the big palace style buildings behind us, I'm thinking that our tour of the Forbidden City is starting to wind down. I wish that I could have stayed longer because I feel like there's still so much here that we didn't get a chance to see. I could easily spend the whole day here but I understand that the rest of our tour group might not appreciate history as much as I do. That's most of our group standing on the right side of the photo. Kathy is the one standing closest to me.Read more

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Shenwu Men, 神武门

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