Forbidden City – Imperial Palace Beijing, China

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The Forbidden City – Imperial Palace

Photos by Stephen Welch, 22 Oct 2017:

Forbidden City Beijing

Forbidden City Beijing buildings

Date: Mid-Ming Dynasty
Location: central Beijing
History: Former home of the Emperor for 5 centuries
Built: 1406-20
Area: 720,000 sqm approx.
Status: UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987

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Forbidden City

Forbidden City Beijing

Almost 1000 traditional, mostly wooden-framed structures
Rectilinear in plan it is surrounded by an 8m high wall and 52m wide moat
Each corner is celebrated with an elaborate tower
Became ‘Palace Museum’ in 1924

View across Tiananmen Square looking towards the Forbidden City:
Forbidden City Beijing

Entrance to the city through the Gate of Heavenly Peace:
Forbidden City Forbidden City

View from within the city:
Forbidden City view

Roof detail within the area:
Forbidden City building

Sculpture in front of the Mao Zedong Memorial Hall building:
Mao Zedong Memorial Hall Beijing Building

The Temple of Heaven:
Temple of Heaven Building in Beijing Temple of Heaven


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The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years.

Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (over 180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

The city is a rectangle, with 961 metres (3,153 ft) from north to south and 753 metres (2,470 ft) from east to west. It consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,886 bays of rooms. A common myth states that there are 9,999 rooms including antechambers, based on oral tradition, and it is not supported by survey evidence. It was designed to be the centre of the ancient, walled city of Beijing. It is enclosed in a larger, walled area called the Imperial City. The Imperial City is, in turn, enclosed by the Inner City; to its south lies the Outer City.
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