Way to Reach Forbidden City from Temple of Heaven: Subway Line 5 from Tiantan Dongmen to Dongdan. Change to Line 1 and get down to Tiananmen W or Tiananmen E. Both will be equal distance to Forbidden city. We were there on Sunday. Outside Forbidden city we saw a big crowd of people in queue to get in. We also joined them but were confused whether we have to take some ticket or not. But we came to know that ticket we will get inside. This queue is to control the amount of people in Forbidden city though out. Any way we get into Forbidden City and was bit convinced why it is known as city. It is spread so wide in all direction. With our present condition of legs it was challenging for us to cover all. So we decided to move straight and get come out from other gate. A very detailed map for forbidden city is here.
We have a Golden Water River just before The Gate of Supreme Harmony. The River act both as decoration and fire control. Then came the gate. It is the biggest palace gate among the kind in the Forbidden City.
It was getting quite boring as all the buildings are of same architecture and such a big city to roam. But still we got some more power to view the city. We then saw The Hall of Supreme Harmony. This hall is used to enthrone the emperor and it is also used for ceremonies which marked other great events and occasions.
Then we visited the The Hall of Complete Harmony, The Hall of Preserving Harmony, The Gate of Heavenly Purity, The Palace of Heavenly Purity, The palace of Union and Peace, The Palace of Earthy Tranquility each having a special feeling and pattern.
It become so tiring for us that we simply started to gaze things and just want the exit gate. But to the surprise we also the CCTV Tower.
Finally we saw the exit board and we just thanked god. Then at the other side of the road at exit gate we saw The Shenwu Gate which was used to give time by bell and drums.
Then we simply said bye to the Forbidden City and took our last snap for The Golden River. It was a very nice experience to see something such a magnificent city.
Beware of Rickshaw outside Forbidden City. They will ask 3 Yuan to Subway but later they will tell it is 3 Yuan per minute. And then to they will distract you with longer way to wrong place. So don’t go with them and thrust your legs and walk to Subway.
We were left with 50% Tiredness 45% leg pain 5% Body Stress and 0% energy left to move to Tiananmen Square. So we decided to walk to Station. Way to Station: Took Line 1 to Xidan and change line to Line 4 to Beijing South Station. How much ever we were tired but no doubt Beijing is too Royal and beautiful. Very much structured and managed by government for tourist. So travelling from one place to other is very convenient. But take long holiday to visit Beijing.
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