The book starts out with a fabulous scene at the brand new Forbidden City. Well, I didn't know anything about the Forbidden City, except that it was the Imperial Palace in Old China, so I went and looked up a bit about it in Wikipedia. Fascinating. It's the world's largest palace complex, and has been declared a World Heritage Site. I'm off to look at some pictures of this place - it looked beautiful in the little pictures on the Wikipedia article!
Check this one out - a lovely curved river. This one has several pictures from Beijing, plus shots of the Great Wall. One of the thrones. Sounds like there are several. That's Some Seat!