The following day I headed back to the centre of town to see Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City, which was across the road from the square.
Statue outside the chairman Mao memorial hall.
Military soldiers parade in front of the gate of heavenly peace.
The Forbidden City and palace museum were built by the Yongle emperor when he moved the capital to Beijing (North capital) from Nanjing (South capital) as a place to reside.
The city is made up of an impressive series of walled sections, including temples, halls for state functions and bed-chambers of the emperor and empress.
Five marble bridges cross this strip of water in the first courtyard.
After walking through the Forbidden City, you can ascend the hill in Beihai Park to get a sweeping view across the Forbidden City. It’s a shame that the weather was a little foggy, otherwise I might have got even better views.