This is one of my favorite images I took when visiting China in 2010. It’s of the Forbidden City in Beijing, and it was the first place I toured in my month-long Chinese sojourn.
Built in the 15th century, the giant palace housed China’s emperors until the last emperor abdicated in 1912. The complex is awash in history. Unfortunately, my cat is having some issues today, so I don’t have time to delve into all the interesting features.
This was actually taken as I left the complex, looking back across the moat at the palace. The image quality isn’t as high as I’d like, but I love how, well, forbidden the city looks, cold and quiet across the water. It must have been surreal to live here soon after its creation, to be so close to power and wealth but utterly shut out of it.