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Forbidden Gardens, in Katy, Texas, is a fascinating outdoor museum replicating some of China's major historic scenes. Guided tours take you back to the third century BC to view the first Emperor's amazing 8,000 piece terra-cotta army replicated in 1/3 scale. The tour continues to the intricately detailed miniatures of the famous Forbidden City in Beijing which served as palaces for nearly 500 years of Imperial rule in 1/20 scale.

This is a replica of the summer palace that the first emperess had built. She "stole" or redirected money from the war treasury that was worth a year of war to have it built.

This project was funded by a Hong Kong business man for $40mm with a 20 year plan(this is year 10). His kids were going to school in the US and he felt they were loosing touch with their heritage.

(constructive critique is welcome)
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Jan 21 2007 01:59 GMT DGM
'She "stole" or redirected money from the war treasury'
So even then budget redirection is a problem. I wonder if she lost the war.:))
Jan 21 2007 02:30 GMT ashdad PRO
Beautiful spot to calm the heart.
Jan 21 2007 04:23 GMT potterjo
this is all very interesting....

got lucky on the swans....turned out to be very overcast....think all that white might have been a real prob. had it been sunny. It was also late afternoon.
Jan 21 2007 07:04 GMT hallo
Just what we need
Jan 21 2007 13:09 GMT rohtas
ver interesting ..... to read all this!