The COG and I went to an exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum on Friday. It was, frankly, incredible. In the 18th century, the Emperor Qianlong, made himself a secluded and luxurious private garden to serve as his retirement home. He was one of the richest and most powerful men in the world and a devout Buddhist. (Tho' the COG expressed doubts that these two things are compatible.) At any rate, he had incredible taste and wealth and this garden is a jewel.
The Garden of Tranquility and Longevity, as it's called, is a walled garden with 12 or 15 buildings set on several acres in one corner of the Forbidden City. It is not opened to the public, nor will it ever be. The exterior has been maintained, but the interiors were neglected since the 'People' acquired it in 1924. A couple of years ago the Chinese government began restoration with funds from the World Monument Fund.
One of the interesting things about the exhibit were little videos about how the conservation and restoration were done etc. But everything else was interesting, too. Both the pictures are from the web, btw.