The Forbidden City has just one entrance and one exist. Mao Zedong is looking down from the entrance and after you go through security you walk into the courtyard through a huge gate, where you buy your ticket of just 60RMB, which is less than 10 Euros.
It's there you get the first idea, just how impressive and big this Forbidden City really is. This city really is a city. You delve deeply into China's history, while walking on the rough cobble stone pavement and read the many signs explaining the various purposes the houses and temples served. You can not help but think of the movie The Last Emporer while strolling through the massive gates. Take a look.
The whole city is also connected by small bridges (and steps. Oh, those steps!). The middle part leading up to the building below actually displays stone dragons. The dragon is a symbol of strength and has always represented the Emporer. And only the Emporer was allowed to be carried over this dragon, in a litter of course, while his servants used the stairs left and right of the dragon display.
Red is again the dominant colour, followed by grean and blue. You do get the feeling that all the buildings are the same when you walk from one end of the Forbidden City to the other. And the in the middle of the Forbidden City you walk through yet another gate and you find yourself in the imperial gardens.
Wouldn't you agree?