Mom lioness and her cub guarding the Forbidden City in Beijing. This place is full of secrets and double interpretations. In this case they represent fertalilty.
The Forbidden City was the home of 24 Ming and Qing emperors, their families, and their coterie of eunuchs and servants for 600 years from 1406, when construction began, until 1911. Ordinary people were not allowed inside its gates (which is why it was called the Forbidden City) until 1925 when members of the public entered it for the first time.
Did you know that the Imperial Palace (within the Forbidden City) is the largest palace in the world?
Imperial Gardens is where the Emperor and his Empresses and concubines spent their leisure time.
Unlike the dragons found in the western culture, Chinese dragons are gentle, friendly and wise. Depicted as mythical dragon drawings it is easy to understand why these beautiful creatures, the dragons of China, were loved and worshipped. The dragon symbolises the natural forces of nature, Yin Yang dragons symbolize the balance of all things in the universe.
Color Painting is one form of decorations in Chinese ancient buildings, which is used not only decoratively, but also to protect the wooden structure from deterioration.
Calligraphy established itself as the most important ancient Chinese art form alongside painting. All educated men and some court women were expected to be proficient at it.
From Jingshan Park (located at the North Gate) you will have the best view overlooking the immense Forbidden City of Beijing. It was originally an imperial garden in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and now it is a public park.
You can literally spend hours wondering around this giant complex and discover new details every time you come back.
This is a small lake that is used as a skating ring during the winter months and it can even be a pool for the ones seeking for a quick and refreshing dip!
The Summer Olympics were hosted by Beijing in 2008, and some of the buildings that were build for the occasion are truly spectacular. Like the one on the picture popularly known as the bird nest.
Beijing National Stadium was designed by the architecture studio Herzog & de Meuron. The stadium was designed for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and will be used again in the 2022 for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
This is by far one of the coolest buildings in the city; the National Aquatics Center better known as the Water Cube was also built for the 2008 Summer Olympics and it stands out because of its iridescent bubble wrapped rectangular box shaped structure.
🎍in love with this architecture masterpiece. The Temple of Heaven is completely wooden with absolutely no nails used 🎍 By the way, we were so lucky with the weather! Blue clear skies almost every day.
Can’t finish a visit to Beijing without tasting the delicious Peking Roast Duck. Head to Beijing DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant for the best one in town!
Even the Forbidden City guards need some leisure time :P
One of the advantages of visiting Beijing during the Chinese New Year is that most of the locals go back to their hometowns for visiting family so many of the main attractions are not as busy as they would during other dates. Look at this beautiful image of the Great Wall with almost no tourists on it! Truly one of the higlights of the trip!