Beijing Day 2 – Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStarting off the morning with breakfast and some friendly competition at the hostel

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASophistication

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFruit, toast, & my favorite, mango juice

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UCLA vs. USC

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En Route to the Forbidden Palace

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Popsicle 4? 5? of the day – it was so hot.

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M
arcos & Victor

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F
unctional, yet fashionable little toddler

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEntrance to the Forbidden City!

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The Palace Museum

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGargoyles

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA stranger that asked Manjot for a picture

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunbrellas. Sunbrellas everywhere.

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T
ourist

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The Temple of Heaven is an imperial sacrificial alter housed in lush, peaceful gardens among other intricately-designed structures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALive music at the temple

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASuch a lovely stroll

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Beijing holds its unique charm in its very characteristically Chinese architecture – a drastic visual change from the sleek, modern look of Shanghai. 
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunset Struttin’

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen you can’t find a taxi… squeeze into motor tricycles built for two!

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