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The Forbidden City is a must for any first-time tourist to Beijing. It is considered as the largest imperial palace in the world. The Forbidden City is outstanding not only because of its magnitude, but also for its unique architectural design.
Interesting fact: To represent the supreme power of the emperor, given from Heaven, all the important gates and halls of the Forbidden City were arranged symmetrically on the north-south central axis of old Beijing.
The Forbidden palace may be the world’s largest imperial palace, yet the palace seems so small when you navigate it among the sea of tourists you will encounter on your visit. Nevertheless, this should not stop you from visiting one of the biggest attractions in China that dates from Ming dynasty (completed in 1644).
The city is not only an amazing architectural complex, but has the most important Chinese heritage collection in artwork, artifacts and designs (from gardens to ancient buildings). Most of the buildings are made of wood, which different designs in different areas. If you are very attentive, you will notice there are cats but no birds in the Forbidden City. It is said that most of these cats are descendants of the royal cats owned by of the concubines in Ming and Qing dynasties (all the way from 1368!).
There are few gardens and a small shop inside the city if you want to buy a tiny replica of some relics, or get yourself a nice souvenir. Keep in mind many areas in the city are still closed due to overall renovations.
If you have some additional free time, you can walk a few minutes to Jingshan park. Up the hill you will be able to appreciate the view of the whole city complex (which is approximately 720,000 m2).
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The must see one, or to say as the place that can't be missed in your bucket list when you go to Beijing is 故宫 (Forbidden palace). As the name goes, it was really forbidden for a long time for commoners; as it's supposed to be protective place for the king and his family. And the architecture represents the early Ming dynasty and few other subsequent kingdoms have made changes. It's really that even a day won't be enough I would say, so on Day 1 have a look at the 天安门广场 (Tiananmen Square) and cover up part of the palace. There's also a VR place inside the palace where they take on a virtual journey about the palace. First day upto the Earth tower will be great. Yes, different towers represent Fire, Sky, Water, Turtle, Phoenix (sort of), Earth.
The following day, cover up the rest of the palace and go to the park just behind the palace where you can get the view as in this picture. And most importantly don't forget to go around the 故宫 in the evening with all those glitters. There are a series of buildings that are built in straight line across the city, extending upto the Bell and Drum tower.
On day 3, get immersed in the modern Beijing by visiting the CCTV headquarters, China world trade center tower III building and enjoy the Northern food. It'll be a perfect mix of ancient and modern. #qingmingtravel #urbanexplorer #beijingtravel
Try to enter the palace when you open the door. The monks will first read the Taihe Hall. At this time, remember to install the wide-angle head to shoot no one's big scene.
Then go straight to the arrow pavilion, which is the best place to shoot the red wall ramp! If you go fast, you should only have one, so you have a lot of time to shoot empty scenes or portraits. Portrait shots suggest using a large aperture fixed-focus lens.
Then enter the Treasure Hall and take the line to the east of the Emperor's Hall, and there is no one. I think it is the best place to shoot portraits, no less than the red wall.
Waiting for the East Line to play well, at this time the Forbidden City is full of people everywhere.
Hurry to have lunch, then you can go shopping in the Sixth House, take a fixed focus or a telephoto to shoot some small scenes, such as eaves, plaques. In the East Sixth Palace, some permanent exhibitions will be held in some palaces; in the Sixth House, many courtyards are closed, and even the open courtyards are in urgent need of funding. Therefore, the game of the Sixth Palace in the Forbidden City is nothing more than a look at the building to listen to the explanation, and then look at people.
East and West Palace play well early, you can find a corner to rest, wait until 4 o'clock in the afternoon to close the field, you can return to the central axis, do not shoot before the reshoot, such as Baohe Temple, dry Qing Kunning Palace and the like. Finally, go all the way north and leave from Shenwumen.
Don't really leave Ha ~ Go out and take a photo of the turret to be a perfect day. As the most wanted position for the "Old Master" in China, you can't miss it anyway.
Forbidden Palace anti-routine day trip, get it?
Tips: Be sure to buy a good ticket online. When you go to the scene to swipe your ID card, you can save a lot of time.
A vast majority of tourists who visit Beijing for the first time consider the Forbidden City as a place they must see. The Forbidden City, known as Gugong in Mandarin, once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a symbol of ancient China. Although it is no longer China's political centre, you can still feel its former glory once you are within the courtyard and surrounded by the high walls. Its long history has left behind a large amount of precious architecture and cultural relics, making it one of the most important cultural heritage in modern China.