Life in Beijing

A few random pictures from life in the city.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is in the heart of Beijing. In ancient times, the emperor was said to be a son of Heaven. The emperors’ residence on earth was built as a replica of the Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven.

Such a divine place was certainly forbidden to ordinary people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named.

“Beijing Forbidden City, also named Palace Museum, is the most magnificent and splendid palace complex in China and one of the five world-famous palaces with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in the U.S. and the Kremlin in Russia.”


Chinese Wall and Ming Tombs

The wall was built for over 1700 years. Many emperor’s worked on this project to protect the people from the Mongol invaders. The workers were not paid for their work, it was slave labor and many lost their lives. All in all the wall is about 5900km long! It’s impressive to see this monument.

The Ming Tombs are located about 50km from Beijing. It is a burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. We booked a day-tour to see the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.