Ephemeral @ Forbidden City, Beijing, China

My Couchsurfing hosts told us, it only rains ten times a year yet we still manage to experience it (what chance!) in the famously known as Forbidden City, or in Chinese, Gu Gong (Palace Museum). I must say the place is magnificent indeed, with grand structures and design. After a while, the gates and palaces do seem to repeat itself, but overall it humbles oneself in comparison to its magnificence.

Favourite moment
Sipping cappuccino (yes coffee in China) in a traditional teahouse, overlooking the rain pelting on one of the Imperial Gardens in the heart of the Forbidden City.

Wonder
Who would have thought something so forbidden and inaccessible long ago, are now swarm by a multitude of people daily? I think the royal family of that time wouldn’t have envisioned it as such. Though it has been for about nearly half a century, but in terms of the infinity of time, it is but ephemeral, like a drop of water in the ocean. Doesn’t that put you in perspective that what you see now and what you have may be entirely another thing for another life in time to come?

10 thoughts on “Ephemeral @ Forbidden City, Beijing, China

  1. quinnie

    “Doesn’t that put you in perspective that what you see now and what you have may be entirely another thing for another life in time to come?”

    AGREE again πŸ˜€ I always thought about that too…

    no photos?

    Heard that coffee in China bit more expensive?

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    1. rokh Post author

      yes coffee here is important but i was desperate πŸ˜›

      well not much time to upload pictures, so here is one for you for now πŸ˜‰

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  2. Wai Ling

    Just dropping by to see your trail. πŸ™‚ Beijing. Wow. The grand history of the Chinese people but cappucino in China? Now, that’s a little strange. πŸ™‚ *Hugs* Miss you

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    1. rokh Post author

      indeed, grand but in some way ‘modern’ like having cappuccino in Forbidden city πŸ˜›

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  3. mon

    Hey girl on the road… how’s life been man? Will be still be in China in July? Come meet me in Shanghai on the week of Jul 11…
    miss you much..and have lots of fun!

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