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The Forbidden City in Beijing, also called the Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties was the seat of supreme power from 1416 to 1911 in China. The Imperial Palace consists of 114 buildings that were constructed in 1625 and 1626 and also much later in 1783. The palace is home to an important library and is testimony to the dynastic rule in China. It is especially important in the study of the Qing dynasty and the Manchu cultural traditions in the north of China.

    Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang you gotta go here

The Forbidden City in Beijing, also called the Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties was the seat of supreme power from 1416 to 1911 in China. The Imperial Palace consists of 114 buildings that were constructed in 1625 and 1626 and also much later in 1783. The palace is home to an important library and is testimony to the dynastic rule in China. It is especially important in the study of the Qing dynasty and the Manchu cultural traditions in the north of China.

The Imperial Palace is a classic example of Chinese civilization. Its furnishings, landscapes, objects of art and the living traditions of shamanism that was practiced by the Manchu is an illustration of the ancient China evolution. The palace was an institution unto itself, and was home to the Qing, Ming and Yuan Dynasties.

The Forbidden City borders the Tiananmen Square to the north, and is rectangular in shape, and boasts the tag of being the largest palace complex that covers 74 hectares. The palace has a gate on either side and feature towers at each of the four corners of the palace.

  • The palace is as formal as any palace can get. It features the following halls:
  • The Hall of Supreme Harmony
  • The Hall of Central Harmony
  • The Hall of Preserving Harmony
  • The Hall of Heavenly Purity
  • The Hall of Union
  • The Hall of Earthly Tranquility

All the buildings in the Forbidden City embody the artistic genius of the Chinese. The palace is an outstanding example of a Chinese architectural masterpiece

The Imperial Palace was constructed under the orders of Emperor Zhu Di of the Ming Dynasty. Construction started in 1407. The stones used to construct the palace were quarried from Fanshan. For water storage, a huge stone was carved into a cylinder and was rolled over an ice path by 20,000 peasants and hundreds of horses. Additionally, the giant trees that were used to construct the palace were cut from Sichuan Province. The trees were so heavy that the workers had to wait for the torrential rains to wash down the logs to the large river where the boatmen waited and steered them to the Grand Canal from where they were floated to Beijing and then towed to the Palace grounds.

Today, the Forbidden City is home to the Great Palace Museum and attracts tens of millions of visitors every year. It is the place to go when you want to study the Chinese history.

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