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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 3rd 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 23 2007 18:56 GMT ander
Great details in it .
and a great photo
Jan 23 2007 19:26 GMT soldier
Yesssss... a fascinating outdoor museum... great serie!!!!