Foto Friday – Forbidden Palace

In 2009 I found myself travelling around China on a whistle-stop tour visiting the countries great cities and landmarks. Somewhere that I had always wanted to visit was The Forbidden City in the former capital of Peking a city now renamed Beijing.

It lived up to all expectations when I finally got there. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in what is now the middle of Beijing and houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.

The architecture is amazing, the scale mindblowing and its history resonates from every corner ofpalace the complex.

Foto Friday – The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu

The Great Wall, Mutianyu Huairou County

Located in Huairou County about 45 miles from Beijing, the Mutianyu Great Wall enjoys a long history and is part of the glorious culture of China.Here the wall winds for 1.4 miles through lofty mountains and high ridges, many sections of which are made of granite.

Watchtowers are very densely placed along this section of the Wall with 22 in total along this small stretch alone.The unique structure makes the wall almost indestructible. It measures 23 to 26 feet high and four to five yards wide.

Amazingly we had the wall almost to ourselves to wander along which as anyone who has visited China will know is almost unheard of!