Recommendation by Lemi
Venture away from the Central Axis northeast to one of Forbidden City’s most popular stops: the Nine-Dragon Screen (九龙壁, Jiǔ Lóng Bì). Take a panoramic shot of the nine differently colored beasts. His Imperial Excellency is right in the middle and rendered in yellow. You will see the golden hue on the City’s many roofs and the monarch’s robes. Yellow was a symbol of power and prosperity reserved solely for the Emperor. Nine-Dragon Screens are a typical feature in palaces and gardens. They serve to add privacy from the outside world and ward off against spirits. The Forbidden City’s Nine-Dragon Screen was built in 1771, rising right in front of the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. Though it’s set in stone, the tableau is full of movement: the curling dragon bodies and crashing waves.
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