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Beijing Duck at QuanJuDe - 1
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Beijing Forbidden City - 1
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Beijing Hutong Tour
Beihai Park Tour
Ming Tombs Lunch
Ming Tombs Tour - 1
Ming Tombs Tour - 2
Ming Dynasty Wax Muesum
Summer Palace Beijing - 1
Summer Palace Beijing - 2
Temple of Heaven Tour - 1
Temple of Heaven Tour - 2
Tiananmen Square China

Diecai Hill - Folded Brocade
Elephant Trunk Hill
Fubo Hill Tour
Guilin To Yangshuo Li River Cruise
Guilin Travel & Arrival
Li River Cruise - 1
Li River Cruise - 2
Liu Sa Jie Park
Ocean Aquarium Tour
Reed Flute Cave Tour
Seven Star Park
Solitary Beauty Peak & Princes City
Xiongsen Bear & Tiger Zoo - 1
Xiongsen Bear & Tiger Zoo - 2
Yangshuo Big Banyan Tree
Yangshuo Ju Long Tan Cave

Haikou Evergreen Park
Haikou Hairui Tomb Tour
Haikou One Day Tour
Haikou Wugong Temple
Sanya City Impressions

Dragon Tower Tour
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
Ice and Snow World
Impressions of Harbin City
Saint Sophia Church
Siberian Tiger Park Tour
Songhuajiang Gondola Ride
Stalin Park & Flood Prevention
Sun Island Snow Sculpture Festival

Banpo Village
Bell Tower Tour
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Tour
Drum Tower Tour
Forest of Stone Steles Museum - 1
Forest of Stone Steles Museum - 2
Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang
Shaanxi Province History Museum - 1
Shaanxi Province History Museum - 2
Shaanxi Province History Museum - 3
Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Tang Dynasty Cultural Park - 1
Tang Dynasty Cultural Park - 2
Terra Cotta Warrior & Solder - 1
Terra Cotta Warrior & Solder - 2
Terra Cotta Warrior & Solder - 3
Xian City Wall

Yunnan Dali China
Yunnan LiJiang Old Town
Yunnan Shilin Stone Forest

Suzhou Gardens
Tibet Potala Palace
Tibet Travel in China


Beijing Forbidden Palace - III

Beijing Forbidden City Tour, Continued...

The Nine Dragon Wall Screen was housed in a separate section where you had to pay another $10yuan entrance fee, which also granted me access to a museum of various imperial jewleries they had on display. These jewlery they had on display included gold bracelets, jade bracelets and belts, ear rings, gold cups, bowls, and pots, and much more.

Forbidden Palace Jewlery
Photo of gold belts on display.

 Gold Cup
Photo of a gold cup used for drinking.

In this area, you'll also see Chang Yin Ge (Pavilion of Cheerful Melodies), which was constructed in 1776. It's a 3 story opera stage, and it is the largest stage in the Imperial Palace. Large scale performances took place here to entertain the emperor and emperesses. The stage can hold up to 1,000 people.

Beijing Forbidden City Opera
Photo of Chang Yin Ge (Pavilion of Cheerful Melodies)

After I finished touring the Nine Dragon Screen Wall and the Museum of Imperial Jewlery, I headed back north to exit through the north gate - the Gate of Divine Might.

Forbidden Palace Gate of Divine Might
North Gate - Gate of Divine Might

The forbidden palace is huge, and it’s impossible to see everything in great detail. You could spend an entire day there and still not see everything. But for the typical tourist, just touring the key sections will take a good 3 hours or more.  Spending almost 4 hours there, I finished touring the Forbidden City a little after 5pm.

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