Forbidden City is perhaps the first place a tourist visiting China will venture – my opinion-. Second place being the Wall. Till we get to the Wall, I was very impressed by the magnitude of this whole area and the number of visitors. These wooden structures with few exceptions have exact likeness with similar color, glazed yellow tiles, columns etc… Not allowed to go inside, one can only pick from the door threshold ramp provided the crowd would allow you time, without being pushed around, to get the correct settings for a decent photograph. What one needs to know is that these complexes were built during the Ming Dynasty in the 1406 plus era and were home of the Imperial Family. I was surprised of the desolate aspect of the courtyard, totally bare, no garden, trees or flowers in view. I guess the crowd made up for the lack therein.