|"Female" lion, Forbidden City, Beijing, China|
|Tiananmen Tower and Gate to Forbidden City|
|Hall of Preserving Harmony. The carving along the stairs weighs 250 metric tons.|
|Bronze turtle, Forbidden City|
|Roof carvings, Forbidden City|
These elaborate roof carvings inside the Forbidden City tell a story of a cruel tyrant who was hung from the eaves of a roof.
|Large water pot, Forbidden City|
Fire was a constant threat in the Forbidden City. This is one of many water pots in place to use for dousing fires.
After lunch, we drove to the Summer Palace. Among the more interesting things was an exhibit of photos of the Dowager–in one case with an American woman who apparently lived at the palace. We saw a picture of a traditional wedding dress–which includes an elaborate headpiece. I asked Amy if she would be wearing such a dress for her wedding in the fall. She said she might rent one for a photo, but that it would be too expensive to rent one for the whole day. The actual date for her wedding is not yet set. She will consult a soothsayer who will look at all the factors and determine the most propitious day.
|Marble boat at the Summer Palace|