The old imperial palace, also known as the Forbidden City, lies in the heart of Beijing. Surrounded by a wide moat and wall it houses many rooms, buildings and treasures from countless years.
Open to the public it is a place of hustle and bustle until closing time, then it quietens down and the light is just right.
These are just a few shots from the place, but you could spend a long time marveling at its treasures.
Tags: Art, Architecture
The fierce face of this bronze head on one of the vast vats scare evil spirits away. The vats can hold fire or water, both important in a palace build entirely from wood.
In the background, the columns of one of the central buildings are seen.