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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 the replica of the Forbidden City in 1/20th scale. This is the first courtyard. I realize these are not that good composition wise, my intent was to show the enormity of the replicas.

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 22 2007 22:19 GMT bennystr
Excellent shot!
Jan 22 2007 22:59 GMT Pam
Well I had to look twice to decide if this was real or a model..........

Very interesting, and great that it's being shared!
Jan 22 2007 23:22 GMT potterjo
neat, can't imagine all the work putting this together
Jan 23 2007 00:01 GMT Haw59 PRO
I agree with Pam everytime I see the thumbnails I think it is full size. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 23 2007 00:56 GMT paparazziboy
Brilli@nt @rtworks!, Thanx for sharing Bill
Jan 23 2007 01:10 GMT LittleOurkie PRO
very interesting series
Jan 23 2007 02:26 GMT ashdad PRO
Neat view!
Jan 23 2007 02:54 GMT Poulet PRO
Great shot, Bill !!!
Jan 23 2007 03:08 GMT rafaelm
great series!
Jan 23 2007 07:32 GMT hans55 PRO
another nice one !
Jan 23 2007 13:32 GMT deanbed
This one I do like. looks like something from a movie set!
Jan 23 2007 23:53 GMT Midworlder PRO
Marvellous detail, still loving the series