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Friday, March 11, 2016

{Part V of Husband Pieter's Trip to East Asia - Forbidden City in Beijing, China}

As already mentioned in my last post, now I want to show some photos from The Forbidden City in Beijing, China.
Pieter reached it from across the Tiananmen Square...

In response to some comments; NO I did not travel with Pieter!
This is husband Pieter at one of the entrance gates, next to the gilded lion guard with his ears perked up.
We have lost several of our slides, while moving, so I will continue with showing you one over view from Photopin, see below.
Photo credit:
Forbidden City, Beijing via photopin (license)
The Forbidden City got declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, the very year that husband Pieter did visit.
It is HUGE and would take days I guess, for seeing it all.
Build in the 15th Century, it is an incredible complex of over 900 buildings on a piece of 72 ha (180 acres). Just click the link above for more info.
Millions of visitors enter through its gate every year and Pieter was one of them on March 25, 1987.
Pieter wrote in his diary (which he managed to write only during the first 7 days...) that it is impossible to put into words how enormous this palace complex from the Chinese Emperors is. They must have been big Ego-trippers for having something like that built for them! 
The sharp contrast with the country side makes one feel guilty even now.
 The Daily Mail published the above info: Revealed: How 15th century workers used ICY roads to haul 100-tonne stones to buildChina's Forbidden City  just click on link.
Incredible that they moved that much stone over a distance of 43 miles!
HUGE doors with 9 rows of 9 brass knobs and a lion head.
Decoding the Mystery of 'Nine' click the link for reading more about this use of nine, particularly for imperial buildings. 
The number of gilded doornails on all major gates at the Forbidden City and imperial gardens are good examples of the nine phenomena. Each door, which is adorned with nine doornails, both vertically and horizontally (81 nails in total), represents the supreme power of the emperor. 
Red is a sign of wealth...
By the way, the figure 720,000 square kilometers should be square meters!
Pieter always loved to photograph people...
Guess back in 1987 not many foreign tourists would visit Beijing's places of interest.
Incredible art work those gilded bronze lion guards at the Gate of Heavenly Purity
This is a lioness with a cub under her left paw.
Notice also that she has her ears down... 
This cutie is about to wave goodbye for now...
Do you see the brass door knobs behind the child?

For a short and very informative video, just click here: Forbidden City, Beijing, China in HD

Pieter did travel thousands of kilometers within China but one should realize that it is such a VAST country!
United States is around the same size as China.
~
Will be continued with The Temple of Heaven...



20 comments:

  1. Hello Mariette, Vast building projects like this, in addition to underlining the power of the emperors, also were large public works projects--the building of the pyramids and temples in Egypt was similar, although icy roads were harder to come by.

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  2. Dearest Mariette, thank you for more pictures and interesting informations about Pieter's trip.
    wishing you a wonderful rest of the week,
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

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  3. Dearest Mariette,
    Another very interesting post about Pieter's trip to China. I love the view of the Forbidden City from afar - the architecture is so unique and symbolic. Wonderful information about how the large stones were moved and the size of the country. I enjoy seeing photos of the beautiful people, especially the children. The golden lioness is amazing! Hope you are enjoying a lovely and warm week. It looks so cold in China!
    Hugs xo
    Karen

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  4. Liebe Mariette,
    von meinem Besuch bei dir,
    bleiben Sonnengrüße hier.
    Elisabeth

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  5. Excelente trabalho e belas fotografias.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

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  6. Leuk om de oude foto's te zien. Grappig dat de mensen allemaal dezelfde lengte lijken te hebben en leuk dat Pieter veel mensen heeft gefotografeerd.

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  7. Dear Mariette,
    All photos are interesting. My parents lived in a part of China during the second world war,which was called Manshuu country at that time. Unfortunately I do not have enough knowledge about the history between Japan and China though. There were many Japanese companies in Manshuu at that time. My parents missed Tenshin city in Manshu where they lived for a few years. They wanted visit Tenshin again before they got old, and finally their dream came true in 1990.

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  8. Dear Mariette.
    Sorry, Tenshin is Japanese pronounce. ”天津”is the right name.
    Have a good weekend.

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  9. That is such a huge complex. "City" is very well suited for its name! Very interesting to read about how the large stone would be moved. Even with warm water, it still need 46 men, wow! Great pictures. Lovely to see people there.

    Have a wonderful day, Mariette!

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  10. Bonsoir Mariette
    La dernière photo est trop marrante.
    Bonne soirée et grosses bises chez toi

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  11. lieve Mariette ,
    Wat een prachtige foto's en wat een cultuur ..
    ik vindt die laatste foto zo leuk met dat jongetje ..
    heel veel lieve groetje ....

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  12. Dear Mariette,
    Your husband Pieter's trip to so many country and the photos in Beijing China also in the lots of great pictures.
    Have a nice day!
    Michiko

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  13. It's amazing how people built such huge buildings without the machinery we have nowadays.
    Great pictures Mariette. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. ¡¡¡More pictures!!! ¡¡¡Niceeee!!!. I feel like was there jajajaaa. What a wonderful trip!.
    Have the very best weekend

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  15. It's crazy what rulers imagined for themselves so many centuries ago. We now build towers within months, but in those days, it would take years to accomplish what they did. Always amazed at your photos and memories of the past. Best wishes, Tammy

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  16. Magnificent buildings and this only made hands of people, not of different devices. The city is amazing and it was nice to read your information and look at photos. Regards.

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  17. Liebe Mariette,
    die Fotos der "Verbotenen Stadt" sind immer wieder ein Genuss.
    Ich freue mich auf die Fortsetzung.
    Einen schönen Abend wünscht dir
    Irmi

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  18. Een mooi en interessant verslag van de reis. Erg leuk om de vele foto's van de bevolking te zien. Indrukwekkend die Verboden stad. Grappig dat je man zijn boek in het Chinees aantrof.
    Fijn weekend, lieve groet

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  19. Hello dear Mariette!!
    Another very interesting post about Pieter's trip to China!
    I really enjoyed all the pictures that you share!
    Have a lovely weekend!Greeting from the Netherlands!!
    Dimi...

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  20. I would very much like to have the opportunity to visit the Forbidden City!
    It certainly is very interesting..but so far away!!! Pieter was lucky to be able to visit it! Thank you for sharing his photos and impressions!!!!
    I wish you a lovely new week!Many hugs!!!!

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