Forbidden City -- Royal Palace and Witness of the Modern History of China
After Zhu Di, the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty in the history of China, snatched the throne from his nephew, he commanded to move the capital city to Beijing and to build a spectacular royal palace here, in the year 1406.
Fourteen years later, the Forbidden City was constructed. Since then, all of the following Chinese emperors lived and worked in this palace.
In the next more than 500 years' history of China, many monarchs had born, lived, fought, and died there; many stories of happiness, sadness, or grief had happened and documented there.
Some people realized their dreams and brought the whole country prosperity, and some did horrible things that caused chaos and disasters to the society.
Of over 8700 rooms in the Forbidden City, each one has its interesting story.
This magnificent royal palace is 720,000 square meters large, surrounded by 10 meters high city walls, and with very advanced and scientific drainage system.
It is quadrant shaped, with countless luxurious decorations that represent power and fortune in Chinese culture.
Within the city, it includes places for emperors to work, meet officials, hold different ceremonies, and a garden to relax; also, there are many places for the royal family, servants, and guards to live in.
In the past, the Forbidden City was the representative of the paramount power and honorable monarchs, a place that civilians were forbidden to even just approach.
Now, it is a hospitable museum with large numbers of visible, valuable relics, as well as mysterious unseen stories and legends, as a witness of the history of China and an appealing representative of Chinese culture.
For more information, please visit offcial site of the Forbidden City Museum
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