Beijing | The forbidden city

Beijing is the second largest city after Shangai in population and it’s one of the four ancient capitals of China. The imperial Forbidden City in Beijing, is a city – palace of the emperors of China, symbolizing the emperor as the son of heaven. It is built in the heart of the old city of Beijing, while to the south lies the historic square Tian An Men.

Forbidden City, Beijing – The city was built between 1409 and 1420 from the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Yong Lo and rebuilt in the 16th century. Renovations and additions made ​​to the City from the 17th to the 19th century. Impressive is the story of its construction, since according to the data, was built from two hundred thousand workers over a period of 16 years. The area covers an area of ​​about seven square kilometers and is surrounded by a towering wall of 10 meters and around it there trench width of 52 meters.

Beijing Palace museum

Beijing Palace museum

The Forbidden City consists of 800 buildings and 8,706 rooms in which lived nine thousand concubines and eunuchs.

Beijing Imperial Palace

Beijing Imperial Palace

The impressive architectural ensemble compose buildings built with strict geometric rules and uniformity. The color variety, with white on balconies, red walls and yellow tiles to complement the breathtaking scenery.

Beijing Imperial Palace/Forbidden City

Beijing Imperial Palace/Forbidden City

Access through the “Gate of Mesembria”, from the balcony of which the Emperor of China watched his army departs for the campaigns.

Beijing, Forbidden City, Hall of Supreme Harmony

Beijing, Forbidden City, Hall of Supreme Harmony

Another major attraction is the “Gate of Heavenly Peace” on the north side of the square. There you will see the huge portrait of Mao Zedong. From the balcony of the portal announced the October 1, 1949 the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Gate of Heavenly Peace

Gate of Heavenly Peace

By Nicole P.

Photos: HPLee, Arian Zwegers, Malcolm Browne, stephenk1977.

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