Nine Dragon Screen
The Nine Dragon Screen at the Forbidden city is one of several nine dragon screens in China. This one was built in 1771 and is located just outside of the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. If you visit the Forbidden city and want to see the wall it does require the purchase of an additional ticket to the Treasure Gallery in the northeast section of the complex. These nine dragon screens were found in imperial Chinese palaces and gardens. The Hall of Tranquil Longevity was buit as a sort of retirement area for the Qianlonglong Emperor. I love these dragons.
Several years ago I was lucky to travel with my cousin Chris and stay with a former student Randy Baum and visit the Forbidden City with his host father. Randy was studying in Beijing and helped Chris and I travel throughout the city. We saw so many fantastic places, ate so many incredible meals and visited so many interesting people. A highlight of our trip to the Forbidden City was visiting nine dragon screen. Well I was able to revisit that special wall in November. It was as grand as I remember it. Thank you Randy for making this possible many years ago and widening my world view for those two weeks many years ago!