Every time I take a trip, I find I am drawn to photographing one particular thing over and over. In Beijing, it was the roofs of Forbidden City. I won’t bore you with all 30 photos I took. These three should be enough. To me, the beauty and architecture is a masterpiece.
The animals on the roof are symbols in Chinese myth, used here to protect the emperors and bring good luck to the palace. Most of the imperial palace roofs are yellow, considered an imperial color. The number of animals on the roof shows the seniority of occupants of the building. The greater the number, the higher the positon. Highest possible status imperial roof decoration – man riding bird, nine beasts, immortal figure, and dragon. Yep – I got a picture of that, too.
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