Saturday, 16 June 2012

Chinese Microgeography I: China’s smog-filled cities harbour a less diverse microgeography than I am used to. However, amidst the pollution it’s still there, just a little harder to find.    

Built between 1406 and 1420, and located in the middle of the Beijing, The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.  

In a neglected corner of the palace, surrounded by peeling gold paint, and probably never remarked upon before, or even noticed, a colony of golden lichen grows as if camouflaged amidst the fading splendour. 

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