From the Ming to the Qing dynasty, the Forbidden City served as the imperial palace to the emperor and his household, which included the advisors, concubines, and eunuchs. It wasn’t until 1925 when the Forbidden City became open to the public everyday.
The Forbidden City, according the other travelers we’ve met along the way and our travel guide books, is a must-see when in Beijing.
Starting off the morning with breakfast and some friendly competition at the hostel
Fruit, toast, & my favorite, mango juice
UCLA vs. USC
En Route to the Forbidden Palace
Popsicle 4? 5? of the day – it was so hot.
Marcos & Victor
Functional, yet fashionable little toddler
Entrance to the Forbidden City!
The Palace Museum
A stranger that asked Manjot for a picture
Sunbrellas. Sunbrellas everywhere.
The Temple of Heaven is an imperial sacrificial alter housed in lush, peaceful gardens among other intricately-designed structures.
Live music at the temple
Such a lovely stroll
Beijing holds its unique charm in its very characteristically Chinese architecture – a drastic visual change from the sleek, modern look of Shanghai.
When you can’t find a taxi… squeeze into motor tricycles built for two!