Snow at The Forbidden City: A Photo Diary

When snow blankets Beijing, it’ easy to make a cup of coffee and stay indoors. I’ll tell you a secret though, it’s one of the best times to be out. Not only is the city covered in fluffy whiteness but it’s also a rare opportunity to visit some of the beautiful Chinese palaces and see them in a way you probably wouldn’t get too on a regular day. It’s also the perfect time to practice your photography skills. Everything looks so beautiful that it’s hard not to capture anything that looks picturesque. The Forbidden City is one of the largest palace complexes in the world, filled with alleyways and smaller traditional imperial houses. Here are fifteen photos that will make you want to visit the Forbidden City on any blisteringly snowy day.

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Beautiful snow lining intricate statues around the palace.

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A foggy (possibly smoggy) sky blocks out the sun making the morning sky look somewhat gloomy and grey.

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Little icicles hanging of the edge around the palace grounds make it look absolutely dreamy! (and scary too!)

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Piles of snow brushed aside by local workers, making it easier for wanderers to wander.

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The view from Jingshan Park which overlooks the entire palace grounds allowing you to see all the snow covered tops and just how big The Forbidden City really is!

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Hi World! I'm Shal - an environmental microbiologist, writer, teacher and artist from Durban, South Africa. I've spent the last two years traveling and teaching Chemistry and English to young kids in Asia. Life of Shal was founded as a way to share travel experiences, tips and other worldly magic with you! Join me on my journey!

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