“Thousands of dragons spitting water”
This year China has seem some of its worst flooding in years, yet its fabled Forbidden City remains remarkably dry and open to tourists. Credit the ancient plumbing, some 600 years old, which efficiently drain the roofs and plazas through ornately sculpted drainage spouts. While much of Beijing was closed, the Forbidden City welcomed visitors.
By Yanan Wang
The Washington Post
July 29, 2016