The Forbidden City Travel Diary: A Trip to Forbidden City

  • Published: 2024-03-02
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YOUSAF KHAN visiting the Forbidden City

Visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing was an experience that felt like stepping through the pages of history. As we walked through the vast complex of palaces and gardens, it was impossible not to be awed by the sheer scale and beauty of this architectural marvel. With every turn, there was a new wonder; the intricate designs and vibrant colors of the roofs contrasted against the grey bricks of the walls that have stood the test of time. It was like wandering in a living museum, each hall and courtyard telling its own story of emperors, court life, and the grandeur of dynastic China. As foreign students, we were fascinated by the rich cultural heritage and how every carved dragon and phoenix had a meaning beyond mere decoration.

Our best teacher, Prof. Cao (Jitta laoshi), who arranged the trip, was an excellent guide, in explaining the significance of the Forbidden City's layout, which is deeply rooted in Chinese cosmology and philosophy. It was intriguing to learn how the city's central axis aligns with the Meridian Gate to the south and the Gate of Divine Might to the north, symbolizing the harmony between heaven and earth. The highlight of the day was the Hall of Supreme Harmony, which left us speechless with its majestic atmosphere and the stories of the grand ceremonies once held there. The laughter and chatter among us students echoed through the courtyards as we immersed ourselves in the cultural tapestry of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Despite the language barriers and cultural differences, we all shared a sense of wonder that transcended our diverse backgrounds.

As the day drew to a close and we left the former imperial palace, we carried with us a deeper appreciation for China's history and culture. This trip was not only educational but also a feast for the senses, and we are grateful for our teacher's efforts in organizing this memorable excursion. It was a joyful journey that brought our class closer together, and the experiences we shared will be treasured memories for years to come. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our teacher for this incredible opportunity to connect with a pivotal part of China's past. Your guidance made the Forbidden City come alive for us, and for that, we are endlessly appreciative. Thank you for an unforgettable trip.




Editor: GAO Yuan