|At the north end of the Imperial Palace there is a large garden as you pass
through the Gate of Heaven's Supremacy 天一门 (Tiānyì Mén). While there are many pavilions and buildings, it is the flowers and pathways that draw the eye. Most of the Forbidden City is devoid of trees and plants. Bushes are dangerous in that people can hide in them and behind them. Trees hold the same danger, plus the additional possibility that people could climb them to peer over walls or drop into forbidden areas. The gardens were the one exception to the rule. There was probably extra security laid on to secure the area from intruders.
Last update: January 2010
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