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March 31, 2012


Ni Hao 你好!

by gordonmichaelsutton

Ni Hao 你好!

So you thought you’d seen the last of my China photographs, eh? Me too, until I watched ‘The Last Emperor’ on dvd last weekend. Much of it was filmed in the Forbidden City which prompted me to look through the shots I’d taken there last December.

I really like this shot of an enormous, traditional, decorative urn with the modern Beijing skyline just visible on it’s rim.

Wonderfully rich echoes of China’s imperial past are all around such as this gilded frieze on the walls of one of the many impressive halls.

Hard to describe how vast the Forbidden City actually is other than to say it took us the best part of three or four hours to go through. It’s extremely popular with the Chinese people themselves. I was probably the only Westerner there that bitterly cold December afternoon. Here’s a glowering and wintry sun just starting to set over the Forbidden City as it’s no doubt done for a thousand years or more.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mar 31 2012

    Great shots. It was an interesting movie. The location is on my wish list.

  2. Mar 31 2012

    Thanks, Victor. You won’t be disappointed, I’m sure.


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