Forbidden City – Beijing
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Forbidden City - Beijing

Top: H&M; Skirt: Old Navy; Shoes: Duo (c/o); Jacket: Old Navy; Sunglasses: Sunglasses shop; Earrings: Banana Republic

Prior to leaving for this trip I was a TV addict. Reality TV was my guilty pleasure, HGTV was my aspirational go-to channel and Disney movies were my comfort zone. So when we were flipping through channels in Siem Reap, Cambodia and landed on an English speaking channel that only played Disney movies, I was instantly hooked. We watched a range of Disney classics, but when Mulan was up next, I was up on the bed dancing out the lyrics to, “Let’s get down to business, to defeat the huns!” to Ryan’s horrified (I am definitely not going to be the next American Idol) and embarrassed stares.

My point for sharing that side tangent did have a purpose. I promise.

Forbidden City - Beijing

Forbidden City - Beijing

You know the final scene in Mulan when Mulan is saving the Emperor from the Huns during the large celebration at the palace? Well, the Forbidden City in Beijing looks awfully similar to the Emperor’s palace if you ask me. So my little lungs were just bursting with the need to sing the entire Mulan soundtrack as we explored the [not so] Forbidden City.

Beyond my love for Mulan, the Forbidden City provided the eye candy necessary to make any architecture nut visually OD on details. Everything about China is massive. Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are no different. We could have I could have spent hours exploring the inner depths of the Forbidden City, forcibly recalling those intro to Art History classes I took in high school, but the heat exhaustion began to overpower our desire to inspect every detail. So do not be fooled by the amount of umbrellas in the below picture, they are not for rain but for sun protection.

Forbidden City - Beijing

Forbidden City - Beijing    Forbidden City - Beijing

Forbidden City - Beijing

Forbidden City - Beijing

Forbidden City - Beijing

The details of the Forbidden City can be seen around every corner. Unfortunately, those details did not include Mulan or the sexy Captain Li Shang, but they did include me whisper singing, “I’ll make a man out of you” under my breath to Ryan’s muffled chuckles.

-Chelsea

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  1. You crack me up. That song gets in my head.. weekly. Let’s get down to business!! My daughter loves Mulan.
    Disney movies and HGTV are totally mind candy for me.

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