The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China and now 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 center of Chinese government.
Forbidden City is very big. It is full of Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. You walk through one opening into the city and you see a huge square of buildings surrounding it. You think that is the city until you get to the other side and walk through the next opening. Another and another huge square. It took about 1 1/2 hours to walk a straight line through north gate and out the south gate. Many people were there.
This women wanted her photo taken with Lance. It is funny how they want a photo with a round eye. Ha Ha..Lance put his arm around her for the pictures and she giggled.
This is Charlie, our driver for our time in Beijing. He speaks pretty good English and was recommended from our friends in Shanghai. He loves Opera and will sing for you if you like. Smile. Would definitely suggest Charlie while you are here in Beijing.