In a dense rainforest, Palenque covers 15 square miles. The buildings
are against a hill. The city was visible from a great distance so
that the Maya could find their way back after a journey in the dense
Palenque features many decorative designs not found anywhere else. Some of them seem almost Chinese, which makes one wonder if there was contact with
East Asia. This is very unlikely, but the similarity is strange.
So far, only 34 out of 500 ruins have been excavated. But the studies
have revealed a lot about ancient Mayan culture.