China Odyssey


Reflections on the Forbidden City

A hike from the Financial District, through the west-end hutongs leads to the walls of the Forbidden City. What was going on behind the decorative hoarding around the moat? The China Daily reported, "The Palace Museum has begun a major cleanup project of it moats and the Inner Golden Water River, with the first phase involving 120 workers and ending this month. It is the largest cleanup campaign of the river since 1998 and will be completed before Oct 1, the beginning of the National Day holiday."

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© Derrick Grose, 2014