Welcome to the Alison's Wonderland tour of Beijing's Forbidden City. After entering the Meridian Gate, located at the Southern end of the complex, visitors arrive in an immense courtyard with five bridges stretching over the Golden Water. The five bridges represent the five Confucian virtues of humanity, sense of duty, wisdom, reliability and ceremonial propriety.
Much of the source material for these captions comes from Charis Chan's Imperial China, part of the Penguin Books Architectural Guides for Travellers series. For information on purchasing the book, visit Amazon.com.