Friday, January 22, 2016

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM


500 years ago, traditional Chinese art, with a rich concentration on architecture and artifacts dominated the Ming and Qing imperial courts and this will be the subject of our discovery for the day.

From where we are staying in Beijing, a walking distance in meters to be specific, is the world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Forbidden City.  We were getting used to the cold morning breeze as we walk.  As soon as we reached the walled compound and entered through a Chinese arch, the vibe of an old imperial community emanated as if I am a part of a Chinese-inspired epic film.

The flock of visitors was apparent with stalls of souvenirs on the corner before another walled compound that requires entrance fees came into view.  That wall compound is the Palace Museum.


THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM
THE SQUARE LEADING TO THE PALACE MUSEUM
Housed in the Forbidden City, listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world, the Palace Museum served as the home of the Emperor and his household and the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost five centuries.

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

The frozen moats and the traditional Chinese palatial architecture came into view as soon as we entered a tunnel-like entrance.  The complex was indeed vast and photogenic.  Every corner has a good vantage point for photography.

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THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

We entered the Hall of Supreme Harmony and continued the walk from one hall to another.  Over a million rare and valuable works of art compose the permanent collection of the Palace Museum.  Since it would be impossible for us to witness all these collections housed in varied halls, we were contented on the exteriors and the intricate doors of the structures that surround.

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

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THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

As a pioneer in traditional Chinese palatial architecture, the Palace Museum has influenced East Asia and the rest of the world in terms of its cultural and architectural development.

Apart from the palaces, there are gardens as well that adds aesthetic value to the vast complex.  It is a sanctuary in itself.  There are benches available for a short break from walking and toilets are easy to locate.  The Palace Museum is tourist friendly without compromising the ancient civilization vibe.

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

We have given ourselves a time limit of two hours to wander.  But of course, it wasn’t followed.  We decided to end the walk as soon as the time strikes at noon and we felt our stomach complaining.

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

THE MORNING WALK WITHIN THE BEIJING PALACE MUSEUM

The Palace Museum
4 Jingshan Front Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Admission fees vary on season.  April to October at CNY 60 and November to the next March at CNY 40.  The colder the season the lower the admission fees.


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