Sometimes that old adage, "Stop and smell the roses" really needs to be taken to heart. When visiting a place as grand and large as the Forbidden City, it's nice to occasionally stop and examine the finer details that went into building it. While these eaves edge tubular tiles were probably made from molds to help mass produce them, it doesn't take away at all from how impressive they are. I think the chipping and discoloration over time only adds to the charm.
Tiles inside the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.