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    The Forbidden City

    Gang at Mao Portrait

     

     

     

     

    Rooftop Ornaments in the Forbidden City

     

     

     

    MCFC gang horsing around in the Forbidden City

     

     

     

    Shadows of Forbidden City roof ornaments

     

     

     

    Kiweenie studies his map while going through huge doors in the Forbidden City

     

     

     

    Lion statue Forbidden City

     

     

     

    An very elderly Forbidden City Tree propped up.

     

     

    Photo of Forbidden City Exit.

     

     

     

     

    Outside the Forbidden City Looking in.

     

     

     

     

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    Gang runs across forbidden bridge

     


    T
    he Forbidden City is not actually a city, but a grand palace that was given the imposing name because entrance to the inner chambers were forbidden to anyone except the emperor, his family and their servants. 24 Emperors lived in this palace from the 1400s to 1924, when the new Kuomintang government forced the last emperor out. The Forbidden City is located right in the heart Beijing, the capitol of China.

     

     

     

    Forbidden City from above
    The Forbidden City is a huge complex covering 177 acres. It is broken up into two main parts, the inner court and the outer court. The outer court is where large ceremonies and official meetings were held. The inner court was reserved exclusively to house and entertain the emperor’s family and concubines.


    The palace took 14 years to build, and was finished in 1420. It is said that it took one million workers to build the Forbidden City. An astounding 100,000 artisans were responsible for creating all the beautiful carvings, paintings, tapestries and details that decorate much of the ornate palace.

     

     

     

    The grand Dragon Steps

     

     

    There are many incredible pieces of artwork in the Forbidden City but one of the greatest is also the largest stone sculpture on the grounds. Despite being so large, it is worked right into the middle of a grand stone staircase. The sculpture depicts 9 dragons soaring through clouds and it weighs 250 tons! The stone used in the carving was from a town located 45 miles away from the palace, and it took 25,000 workers to pull it that distance. On cold days, the workers would dig wells, and pour water on the roadway to make it icy, and therefore easier to slide the heavy stone over.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Large doors at the Forbidden City

     

     

     

    There are supposedly 9,999 rooms in the Forbidden City, because in China the number nine is considered lucky. The number nine is repeated all through the art and design of the buildings. Can you see where the number nine is used in this picture?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Roof Statues Forbidden City

    The sloping roofs of all the buildings have protective statues at the corners. The more statues on the roof, the more important the building was. Minor buildings have three or four at each corner, while major buildings have up to ten protective statues.

     

     

     

    Gate at Forbidden City

     

     

     

     

    There are five main gates in the Forbidden City with great poetic names like Gate of Supreme Harmony, Gate of Heavenly Purity, and Gate of Loyal Obedience to name a few. Each gate is the entrance to a different key area of the palace. For instance, if you want to go to the stunning imperial gardens (which was my favorite part of the palace), you have to walk through the Gate of Heavenly Unity.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mao Painting Entrance to Forbidden City

    The Communist Government of China still keeps the famous painting of Chairman Mao, the controversial leader who began communism in the country, over the Meridian Gate entrance across from Tiananmen Square. There are also statues of lions in front of the gate. In China, lions represent bravery, good luck and power. There are lion sculptures all throughout the Forbidden City, and at entrances to buildings all over China.

     

     

     

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    Some signs don't need bad translations to be funny!

     

    Weird sign telling people not to shoot flames out of car?

     

     

     

    Li Qun Duck Restaurant sign.

    Editors Note: You wouldn't know it, even when you're standing right in front of it, but this is the sign for one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. We had the greatest meal of our trip there.

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    Lesson 1

    Ni hao class! It's me Kiweenie Lao Shi (teacher Kiweenie). Since we've been in China I've been really interested in the Chinese language. I've even begun picking up a few words and phrases. Because you’re traveling through China with us I thought it would be important for you to learn a few words of Chinese too. Don’t worry, I’ll go easy on you because the Chinese language is very difficult!

     

    There are actually dozens of languages and dialects in China but I’ll be discussing Mandarin, the official language, which over 850 million people speak. It is very different from English. One of the major differences is that in Mandarin tones are very important.

     

    You sometimes use tones in English without thinking about it. like when you are asking a question your tone goes up on the last word. Well, mandarin has four tones and one is used in almost every single word. Changing the tone on one word changes the entire meaning. For instance, the word “ma” can mean mother or horse depending on which tone you give it. You don’t want to mix up those two words in a conversation! The four tones are: flat, rising, falling, and falling then rising.

     

    I’ll teach you a few of the words most commonly used when you travel. Becky is going to assist me with the audio portion of this. She's been studying Chinese and pronounces the words better than I do.

     

     

    Speaking Chinese

     

    First let's learn hello. Ni hao means “hello.” It’s pronounced “knee how,” and the first part is a flat tone and the last part uses a falling then rising tone.

     

     

     


    Xiexie
    means thank you. It’s pronounced "shay-shay” and uses two falling tones. I think it’s always important to be polite, especially when you are in a different country!

     
    Kiweenie stops Ramses from buying more knock-off watches
    Kiweenie: Bu Yao, Bu Yao. Ramses, no more watches for you!

     

     

     

    Another useful phrase is bu yao. This means "don't want," and you can use it when people on the street try to sell you things you don't want. It really is effective, because as soon as you say it they leave you alone!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Well, I've got to get back to sightseeing now but I'll have another lesson soon and I'll teach you how to read and write a few words of Mandarin. Zaijian. (That means goodbye!)

     

     

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