Tourist-in-Chief: Obama Visits The Forbidden City

By Gorman Gorman

Nov 17, 2009 9:31am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
On day five of a week-long tour of Asia, President Obama today played tourist-in-chief, and visited The Forbidden City in Beijing, the world’s largest palace complex.

Mr. Obama strolled through the cobblestone courtyards and through the ornate red buildings, the former home to China’s imperial leaders.

Once the "seat of supreme power" for over five centuries (1416-1911) and home to 24 emperors, the Forbidden City’s landscaped gardens and 800 buildings highlight Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

"It's a testament to the greatness of Chinese history," Obama said during his tour  and first visit to China. The President was shown The Hall of Central Harmony, The Hall of Preserving harmony, The Imperial Garden and the Central Garden.

"It’s beautiful, what a magnificent place to visit," the President said, adding that some day he wishes to bring The First Lady and their daughters to the historic site.

After signing the Official Guest book at the Gate of the Loyal Obedience, President Obama walked though the Gate of Loyal Obedience.

On Wednesday the President tours the Great Wall of China in Beijing.

-Sunlen Miller

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