See the full set of many photos here on Flickr.These photos were taken just before the 2008 Olympics, early in the year, on an amazingly-clear and blue-skied Beijing day. We were very lucky.
I find the designs: the roofs, the tiles, the cap stones and eaves and water-chains and painted beams and doors and windows and screens and door-knocker and everything else, quite fascinating. So much pattern on such an enormous scale. Even the cobblestones. I wonder if anyone has ever counted how many cobblestones there are within the walls of the Forbidden City?