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The Forbidden City - Nine Dragon Wall

I visited the Forbidden City in Beijing on the 14th of November 2011. The above picture displays the marvellous Nine Dragon Wall (九龙壁 – Jiǔ Lóng Bì). It was build in 1773 during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796). The screen was apparently built to provide privacy by blocking the view through the Gate of Imperial Supremacy into the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. Such walls also denied access to evil spirits, which must travel in straight lines.

The old summer palace (Yuanming Yuan Park, Beijing)

The Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan park) is a beautiful place to stroll around. The ruins are the remainders of the grand palace and park build by the Qinq Emperor Qianlong (1750s). It was destroyed during the Second Opium war (1850s) and reconstructed by Emperor Guangxu for use by Empress Dowager Cixi in 1886. It is on the Unesco World Heritage list. Kunming Lake The central feature of the Administrative area, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity is approached through the monumental East Palace Gate.

Beihai park and the nine dragons screen (Beijing)

Beijing really is an amazing city, deeply entrenched with history and tradition. First built in the 10th century, Beihai Park is part of that historical background. Since 1925, the park has been open to the public. Note that I could only show a very small selection of the numerous beautiful gardens, structures, palaces and temples of Beihai Park. Be sure to visit them all on your next trip to Beijing!