Time to go. A fleeting glimpse and a poorly informed opinion that this city has taken a view that a certain amount of history is just about OK just so long as you can build a wall around it, take it out of plain sight, and ensure that it is not an obstruction to construction. Chinese walls I suppose.
As for the history that is accessible I leave the summary to Irwin Gotlieb, CEO of GroupM:
“I suspect the Forbidden City was more interesting when it actually was forbidden.”