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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 18:12 GMT hans55 PRO
i take a look at your foto's everyday ... every time its a suprise what you show us ... amazing !! ...thanks for sharing these with us !!
cant have any critics ..i know how difficult it is to make good foto's of things like this ..we get a good idea from it !!!
Jan 22 2007 18:26 GMT hallo
Always better this interesting series
Jan 22 2007 18:40 GMT soldier
Lovely place... great capture!!!!
Jan 22 2007 19:13 GMT korni
Very interesting series!
Jan 22 2007 19:45 GMT Seamus
Wonderful shots of something I had no idea existed here in this country. PhotoPro
Jan 23 2007 02:54 GMT Poulet PRO
Great place !!!
Jan 23 2007 13:31 GMT deanbed
A very good angle, impressive!