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        Pictures from China Trip Day 2: A Visit to the Forbidden City

        The Forbidden City in Beijing is featured in these informative pictures taken by John Sessler on his sightseeing adventure through China.

        The Forbidden City

        The Forbidden City Hall of Supreme Harmony

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        Plan of the Imperial Palace

        Plan View of the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City

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        The Forbidden City Artwork

        Artwork in the Forbidden City

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        The Forbidden City Lion in Hall of Supreme Harmony

        Sculpture of a Lion in the Hall of Supreme Harmony at the Forbidden City

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        The Forbidden City Copper and Iron Vat

        Copper and iron vats were part of the fire fighting equipment at the palace.

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        The Forbidden City Gift to the Emperor

        White jade table screen from the Qing Dynasty. The Chinese charcter means longevity.

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        The Forbidden City Jade Gift to Emperor

        Carved yellow jade from the Qianlong Dynasty.

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        The Forbidden City Sandalwood Box Gift to Emperor

        Round box of sandalwood inlaid with gems forming the sign of "Hai Wu TIan Chou," wishing an aged person a long life.

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        The Forbidden City Interlocked Cypresses

        These interlocked cypresses in the palace garden symbolize loyal love. It is said that the last emperor and empress of the Qing Dynasty had their photograph taken in front of the trees after their wedding ceremony.

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        The Forbidden City Sun Dial

        A sundial is a device that tells the time of day by the position of the Sun, this sundial dates to 1776.

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        The Forbidden City Sun Dial Description

        A sundial is a device that tells the time of day by the position of the Sun.

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        The Forbidden City Turtle

        The turtle is a symbol of longevity.

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