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Tree Fossil at Bei Hai Park, Beijing, China. March, 2005
Bei Hai park costs just 5 Yuan to enter , and is just to the northwest of the Forbidden City. There are lots of amazing exhibits in the park, but don't waste the 20 Yuan to climb to the top of Jade Island next to the white Pagoda since you can get onto Jade Island and climb up right next to the white Pagoda. The 20 Yuan just allows you access up a short flight of steps to a small temple building beside the White Pagoda that gives you a view of the Forbidden city, but a better view can be seen from Jingshan Park right next door.

View of the Forbidden Palace from Jingshan Park, Beijing, China. March, 2005
Jingshan Park is just north of the Forbidden city, and the best bargain in town with a 2 Yuan entry fee. The park opens until 8pm unlike many other attractions which only open until 5pm during the off season

Long Walk at the Summer Palace, Beijing, China. March, 2005
The Summer Palace is one of the best places in Beijing to see old Chinese architecture, at just 20 Yuan entry fee in the off season. This shows a section in the park called the "long walk"

Bridge at the Summer Palace, Beijing, China. March, 2005
This bridge connects to a small island in the lake at the Summer Palace.

Stone Boat at the Summer Palace, Beijing, China. March, 2005

Offices of the MBA program at Peking University, Beijing, China. March, 2005
Beautiful traditional buildings grace the campus of Peking University, among the top two Universities in China. This compound houses the MBA program with offices and lecture rooms.

The original library at the Confucius Temple, Beijing, China. March, 2005
This library contains "The Thirteen Classics", and "borrowers" would taking etchings from the inscribed stone faces.

Confucius Temple, Beijing, China. March, 2005
The Confucius Temple is a hidden gem just a block west of the more popular Lama Buddhist Temple. Various emperors placed their writings about Confucius on large blocks set on the back of Turtle-Dragons.

Sculpted Turtle-Dragons bearing steles, Confucius Temple, Beijing, China. March, 2005
The writing on the stele on the back of this creature has Manchurian Script as well as a translation in Chinese Script.

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Beijing, China. March, 2005
This small temple is just behind (north of) the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), and may have been the last stop for the Emperor and his entourage as they made their annual prayers to the Gods for good harvests in their procession from south to north.

The Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), Beijing, China. March, 2005
One of the most spectacular sights in Beijing, well worth the 30 Yuan entrance fee

The Northwest Corner of the Forbidden City with moat, Beijing, China. March, 2005
One of the most beautiful sights of the Forbidden City was from the outside. A large part of the Forbidden City (front part) can be entered without charge. Near the inner compound where the 40 Yuan entrance fee is collected, you can exit through gates going west, and this leads to a view of the south section of the moat with a road that wraps around to allow you a view of the western wall

The impressive medieval castle at the old South Gate of the City, Beijing, China. March, 2005

A piece of treasure in the Imperial Museum of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China. March, 2005
The Forbidden City is more properly called the Imperial Museum, and among its 9000 rooms, many of the treasures of the Emperors and their families are housed, also some of the large pieces are treasure were moved to Taiwan during the Civil Revolution. In addition to the 40 Yuan entry fee to enter the Forbidden City, there is a charge of 10 Yuan to enter the wing on the northeast corner of the Forbbiden City which contains the Art Treasures as well as the Wall of Nine Dragons.

A beautiful side scene of a Mural & Trees in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China. March, 2005

A guardian statue in the private inner garden of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China. March, 2005

Huge, well-worn, and intricate lock to one of the Halls in the Forbidden City, Beijing, China. March, 2005

The Emperor's Audience Hall in the Forbidden City (Imperial Museum), Beijing, China. March, 2005
Tourists milling around in front of one of the many halls in the Forbidden City

South Gate of the Old City, Beijing, China. September, 2003

Martyrs' Memorial in Tian An Men square by night, Beijing, China. September, 2003.
See August 2000 for a shot during the day

Entrance to the Forbidden City by night, Beijing, China. September, 2003

Beijing University West Gate Bridge, Beijing, China.September, 2003

Suyuan apartments in the Friendship Hotel, Beijing, China. August, 2000

Martyrs' Memorial in Tian An Men square, Beijing, China. August, 2000

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