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Photo Glimpse: Lost in the Forbidden City

[ 2 ] July 25, 2010 |

Forbidden City

For 500 years the Forbidden City in Beijing was the political and power centre of China.  It is the largest palace complex in the world and indeed one of the most if not the most spectacular palaces in all of China. It is a stunning tribute to China’s greatness of the past.  But beyond its mystique, its beauty, its overpowering architecture and incredible expanse it is has a not so beautiful past.  In fact the Forbidden City was born out of an ambitious and violent plan by Zhu Yuanzhang to overthrow the emperor of the time.  The Forbidden City is the symbol of his victory and the beginning of the Ming Dynasty that ruled for nearly 300 years.  The Forbidden City continued to be the power centre of China until the monarchal demise at the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1912.

Getting lost in the Forbidden City was not a difficult task with 980 buildings covering an area of 720,000 m2 to explore.  Every corner looks like a corner you’ve already turned, ever doorway like one you’ve stepped through before.  After a while you start to wonder how much you’ve actually seen and how much is just retraced steps.  It is not until you have spent hours getting lost in the maze of rooms, passageways and squares that you can truly appreciate the grandeur of this colossal palace.

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