Photographer's Note

The Forbidden City is the top tourist attraction in Beijing. This photo is from the Meridian Gate. Only the emperor could cross the central arch. The empress could cross only in her wedding day. It was a pity, the day a visit there was completely overcasted, and I couldn't get a better sky to follow the beautiful architecture.

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle 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.Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft). [From Wikipedia].

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Additional Photos by Ricardo Abdelnoor (rabdelnoor) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 725 W: 23 N: 631] (3423)
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