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|Subject: The Forbidden City in Beijing 13/11/2010, 8:14 pm|| |
Forbidden city of China is located right in the heart of Beijing andwas the home of 24 emperors of the Qing and Ming Dynasties. The grandpalace’s construction was started during the Emperor Yongle’s 4th yearof ruling the Ming Dynasty in 1406, ending 14 years later in 1420.During ancient times, the emperor was claimed as the son of heaven,therefore having supreme power. Their home on Earth was a replica,built to resemble the Purple Palace in heaven where God lived. A placeso divine as this was certainly forbidden to ordinary people, which iswhere the Forbidden City got its name. Its splendid architecture is arepresentation of the culmination and essence of the traditionalarchitectural accomplishment of the Chinese. The Palace Museum hasbecome a real treasure of Chinese historical and cultural relics andwas recognized to be one of the top 5 most important palaces worldwide.During 1961, the museum was named an important historical monumentunder the Chinese central government’s special preservation. Then in1987, the museum was a nominee of the world cultural heritage, whichUNESCO nominated. The Forbidden City is the country’s best preservedimperial palace and the world’s biggest ancient palatial structure. Itcovers about 72 hectares of area, having a total of 150,000 squaremeters of floor space. There are 90 courtyards and palaces, 8,704rooms, and 980 buildings. The city is surrounded by a moat that is 6meters deep, as well as a wall that is 10 meters high, having a gate onevery side.