We entered through the North Gate where the ticket counter was located. Believe me, the Forbidden City is HUGE! It actually reminds me of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Korea. It has a main palace at the entrance followed by slightly smaller ones behind and offices lining the sides. It's a good thing, I went prepared with my trusty rubber sneakers as we did a lot of walking that afternoon.
I simply enjoyed the intricate details seen on roof...
or on the huge stone statues scattered around.
It was really a short trip and I have yet to visit the Great Wall of China, the Olympic Stadium and the Water Cube, more temples and palaces. I will definitely be back, Beijing!
Onboard China Southern Airlines
XiZhao Temple Hotel in Beijing, China
Sushi Express at the Oriental Plaza, Beijing
How to get to the Forbidden City: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Tian An Men Xi or at Tian An Men Dong or take Bus #s 1 or 5 and get off at Qian Men Station.
How to get to Wangfujing: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at the Wangfujing station.