The Forbidden City, Beijing

8 Jan

These photos are bad because it was minus 10 with wind chill to minus 15. The moat is frozen. Hands stay in pockets, only briefly emerging to operate the camera…

The Forbidden City is:

Getting in requires navigating some security checks and finding where to buy a ticket in a vast area of crazy confusion and manic overcrowding and frankly I’m amazed I got anywhere near.

When your hands are painfully frozen, the best thing in the forbidden city is this radiator I discovered just inside a door I probably wasn’t meant to go through:

Outside the forbidden city, there’s another way to warm up: