On This Day . . .
On our second day in Beijing, February 23, 2017, we started with a walk through the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty from 1420 to 1912. It covers some 180 acres and was built between 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings. After walking through the complex we then went to Tiananmen Square, which contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Our final stop was at the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.