January 11 2019 - 17:03

Day 10 - Part 2 As we left Tiananmen Square and walked under the street to get to the other side, the sheer magnitude of this place became obvious. We had to pass three massive ancient gates before we entered the Forbidden City. With 9,999 rooms you could spend days wondering the Palace complex which dates back to 1420. The Forbidden City was home to emperors and their households and later a ceremonial and political centre for the Chinese government. Iโ€™m not a history buff, but I did learn some pretty interesting stuff about the city today from our guide (donโ€™t quote me if my info is a little off) 1. The emperor slept in a room with 21 beds, just in case someone tried to kill him in the middle of the night. 2. There was a room for everything! The empress has a birthday room she would use once a year 3. There was a wedding room, only used on the day of the wedding, and never again 4. The emperor had 75 concubines every few years, 3,000 over his lifetime. How did he keep up you ask? They only came in 2-4 hr shifts, and if it was all too much his staff would help with the girls 5. There was a little gold box behind the kingโ€™s throne that he placed the name of his heir. This was to only be opened once the emperor died. This is how the emperor was decided and could be the son of the empress or concubines. The Palace was incredibly impressive, the size, the detail in each piece and the history is something you have to see to believe. #beijing #forbiddencity #palace #china #asia #seechina #travelchina #travel #kids #travewithkids #my3boys๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ #seetheworld #culture #travel #culturalexperience #travelblogger #travelbloggers #culture #culturalexchange #trvlfy #tripgoodfr #yololttw #speechlessplaces #iamtb #travelrepost @natgeotravel