TEMPLE OF HEAVEN AND FORBIDDEN CITY - MAY 2002
TEMPLE OF HEAVEN
The Taoist Temple began to be built in 1420, and was visited thereafter by all Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It uses 2.73 square km of parkland, and includes three main groups of constructions: The Earthly Mount, where the Emperor - The Son of Heaven - prayed for favourable weather; The House of Heavenly Lord, and The Hall of Annual Prayer, where the Emperor prayed for good harvests. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998.
"TEMPLE OF HEAVEN - Northern Heavenly Gate - early morning rush hour"
"TEMPLE OF HEAVEN - Hall of Annual Prayer - The heaven is round, the earth is square"
"TEMPLE OF HEAVEN - Perfect!"
The Forbidden City - The «Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties», is located at the exact center of the ancient city of Beijing. It covers 720,000 square meters, and includes 800 buildings, which have more than 8,000 rooms. It was also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987, being the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
"FORBIDDEN CITY - Entering the Hall of Supreme Harmony, in the afternoon"
"FORBIDDEN CITY - The Male Lion - Holding the pomegranate symbol of power"
"FORBIDDEN CITY - The Female Lion - Holding a lion cub"
"FORBIDDEN CITY - Hall of Central Harmony: everything should be accomplished impartially and properly. It makes sense"
"FORBIDDEN CITY - Imperial Garden"
"FORBIDDEN CITY - Roofs"