Notes on the Geography of China: Beijing: Imperial Palaces: Photo 1
Palaces within palaces: the Forbidden City was subdivided by walls that could easily be mistaken for the outer wall of a good-sized city anywhere else. Here, we're looking south within the Forbidden City from a point east of the midpoint of the city's axis. It's about 300 meters from here east (left) to the moat. The wall is one side of a long building housing a clock museum; the other face of the museum looks west to the great audience halls, whose courtyard it encloses on the east. On this side of the wall, however, trees grow in what was once the Arrow Pavilion, or archery ground. It was a favorite spot for the virile Manchu, if not the generally effete Ming rulers. To its east (left, here) are the Three South Lodges, also known as the palaces of the young princes. They're out of bounds.
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