The Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, is located in the heart of Beijing. It has served as the residence to 24 emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties between 1368 A.D. and 1911 A.D. but is now used as the Palace Museum.
The Forbidden City has been the center of the highest authority for more than 500 years in China. With garden landscapes and an enormous architectural complex consisting of 9,000 chambers and halls containing furniture and works of art, it has become the historical landmark witnessing invaluable Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
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Part 1: Initiation of the Forbidden City
The Forbidden City had been created history and civilization.It situated on the Imperial City during the Mongol Yuan Dynasty. Upon the establishment of the Ming Dynasty,the place had been reconstructed and in 1406 the Forbidden City had been made.
Part 2: The pinnacle of the flourishing age
In 1644,the Manchus had achieved supremacy in northern China, and a ceremony was held at the Forbidden City to proclaim the young Shunzhi Emperor as ruler of all China under the Qing Dynasty...
Part 3: Governing the country by rites
The east gates are called the 'East flower Gate'. All gates in the Forbidden City are decorated with a nine-by-nine array of golden door nails, except for the East Glorious Gate, which has only eight rows...
Part 4: Administration of state affairs
The Hall of Mental Cultivation is a particularly significant building in the inner courtyard of the Forbidden City. It was here that from the time of Yongzheng Emperor in the 18th century the Qing Emperors lived and ruled the Chinese Empire.
Part 5: Between the state and family
During the invasion of the Eight-Nation Alliance in 1900,Cixi ordered Consort Zhen to be taken out of the prison and finally she ordered Consort Zhen to be thrown into a well behind the Ningxia Palace in the north-eastern part of the Forbidden City.
Part 6: Porcelains in the Forbidden City
The are 340,000 pieces of porcelain in the Forbidden City. These include imperial collections from the Tang Dynasty and the Song Dynasty, as well as pieces commissioned by the Palace, sometimes by the Emperor personally.
Part 7: Paintings an calligraphic works in the Forbidden City
In the room Hall of Three Treasures, an emperor admired paintings and works of calligraphy. 200 years ago, Emperor Qianlong would often sit in the small room of less than 6 squar meters, and quitely appreciated three works of calligraphy...
Part 8: Jade objects in the Forbidden City
Nobody knows how long this jade disk had been there, but opposite th