We had visited Tiaanamen Square a few weeks earlier but decided to go to the Forbidden City this time, which is closeby.
As you walk under the huge Chairman MaoZedong portrait hanging at the entrance the enormity of the place is clearly evident. I felt so small and insignificant with the sheer size of the place.
Walking through the archway of this huge, red building about the size of a 4 storey building, you enter into a massive courtyard about the size of 5 football pitches, and opposite this is another red building the size of a 4 storey building. Dejavu, yes you have got the picture, this scenario of building, courtyard, temple, building, courtyard goes on and on and on seemingly never ending. Eventually after about 2km it finally ends by the road.
There are I think six palaces to visit within the grounds, we figured you could spend a whole day there and not see everything. It’s called a palace but is infact a museum, on closer inspection it’s just a mammoth complex that exemplifies the greatness of ancient China.
After visiting so many temples our visit to The Temple of Heaven was one of those places you just want to go and see but are never really blown away by. Navigating the metro easy peazy and the grounds are found of the right hand side as you exit the metro. The ideology behind this temple is pretty much in its name, a worship of heave, dating back to Quin Dynasty, that’s over one thousand years for mere mortals.