Forbidden City

The Imperial Palace, on which construction work began in the early 1400s, symbolises the Emperor's role connecting heaven and earth. Its rectangular patterns reflect the Chinese concept of the cosmos. Construction, started on the orders of the third Ming emperor YungLe, is said to have taken 14 years and required a million workers. It remained the home of emperors until 1924.

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Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Gate

Tiananmen Square

Dragon cloud

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Gate

Meridian Gate

Golden River

Gateway

Supreme Harmony

Supreme Harmony

Supreme Harmony

Supreme Harmony

Dragon pavement

Gateways

Cauldron

Tile lintel

Tile decoration

Bronze lion

Bronze lioness

Cauldron

Water spouts

Measures

Tortoise

Tortoise

Heavenly Peace

Heavenly Peace

Heavenly Peace

Union and Peace

Tilework

Earthly Peace

Tilework

Mental Cultivation

Emperor's throne

Tiles

Tiles

Western Palaces

Cixi's bed

Emperor's tea room

Elephant

Stone path


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