Details in the Forbidden City

Not just a pretty building – somewhere someone was laundering and ironing.

Military uniforms ready to go…

Military uniforms ready to go…

Roof details…

11 (12?) mythical beasts on this roof line - If emperors were related to the number 9, what does this number mean?

11 (12?) mythical beasts on this roof line – If emperors were related to the number 9, what does this number mean?

A building for someone less than an emperor.

A building for someone less than an emperor.

Intersecting roof lines.

Intersecting roof lines.

Roof detail

Roof detail

Statues of creatures, real and imagined.

Crane or heron?

Crane or heron?

Mythical turtle/

Mythical turtle/

Mythical beast - a dragon?

Mythical beast – a dragon?

There is a Chinese proverb which says: “Man who finish house, die.” The Forbidden City is now a Unesco World Heritage Site, but the restoration work continues.

The northern part of the site had more buildings and passageways.  This part had definitely not been restored.

The northern part of the site had more buildings and passageways. This part had definitely not been restored.

I love the colour of that fence.

Next post – the last of three on the Forbidden City.

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One comment on “Details in the Forbidden City

  1. Janet says:

    Thanks for this blog Bunty. We are enjoying it!! Looking forward to the rest.
    Janet and Rick

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