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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 20:02 GMT backstreets PRO
Fantastic work with great information !!
Jan 21 2007 20:09 GMT Archer
Great replica of the original that was obviously very expensive! Iím sure this replica was not cheap as well! Superb series Bill!
Jan 21 2007 20:14 GMT korni
great work !
Jan 21 2007 21:55 GMT Elise
nice shot ...well done:)
Jan 21 2007 23:53 GMT potterjo
like the detail
Jan 22 2007 18:40 GMT soldier
Yessss... beautiful!!!!
Jan 23 2007 03:44 GMT mickmusser
Super. From your POV the scene could be the real thing.
Jan 23 2007 20:03 GMT jamby PRO
even just a replica image...it sure does give us a feeling of being actually there with all your presentations of informations...fantastic job done Bill!!!