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  Forbidden City Introduction
The Forbidden City or Forbidden Palace is located at the exact center of the ancient city of Beijing, was the imperial palace during the mid-Ming and the Qing Dynasties.
The Forbidden City has the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world, and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 as the "Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties".
Forbidden Gardens in Katy, Texas, is a fascinating outdoor museum replicating some of China's major historic scenes.
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 Forbidden City
Known as the Outer Court, the southern portion of the Forbidden City centres on the halls of Supreme Harmony, Central Harmony and Preserving Harmony.
Mirroring this arrangement is the Inner Court at the northern end of the Forbidden City, with the Palace of Heavenly Purity, the Hall of Union and the Palace of Earthly Tranquillity straddling the central axis, surrounded by the Six Palaces of the East and West and the Imperial Garden to the north.
As the heart of the Forbidden City, the so-called Golden Carriage Palace, used to be the place where emperors received high officials and practiced their rule over the nation.
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 Forbidden City, Beijing, China  -  Travel Photos by Galen R Frysinger, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The city was forbidden to ordinary citizens until 1912.
The old section includes a square inner city on the north constructed between 1409 and 1420, and a rectangular outer city to the south built between 1521 and 1566.
Beyond the Forbidden City was the Imperial City, which contained government offices, temples, gardens, palaces, and parks.
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 The Forbidden City, Beijing, China (36 pages, 500 photos)
The Forbidden City, at the center of the ancient city of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Forbidden City as seen from the hill in JingShan park to the north.
The Forbidden City, located at the exact center of the ancient city of Beijing, was the home and center of power for 24 emperors during the mid to latter Ming and Qing dynasties.
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 Secret World of the Forbidden City: Splendors from China's Imperial Palace -- Exhibitions -- Oakland Museum of ...
Popularly known as the Forbidden City, it was built in the Ming Dynasty between the 4th and the 18th years of the Yongle period (1406 - 1420 AD).
The layout of the Forbidden City is based on a Chinese cosmic diagram of the universe that clearly defines the north-south and east-west axes.
The Forbidden City was the scene of many significant events affecting the course of Chinese history.
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 Forbidden City of China4   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
It is interesting to note that construction of the Forbidden City began in 1401 and was completed in 1421 by an estimated 200,000 workers, at which time the Imperial family moved in to its lavish and sophisticated new home some 70 years before the Americas were discovered by Europeans.
Exiting the Forbidden City by the Gate of Divine Prowess at the northern end of the complex takes visitors across a busy and crowded public street to paths leading up to an artificial hill referred to by Marco Polo in his accounts as the Green Hill.
The hill, looking down on a smoggy Beijing and the Forbidden City, is almost one mile in circumference and was constructed from earth removed to form a lake for the use of royals that lies outside the complex as well as soil taken in digging the moat that surrounds the imperial city.
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 The palace museum(forbidden city),Beijing Top Attractions,Beijing Travel Guides-China City Tours Guide
The Palace Museum, historically and artistically one of the most comprehensive Chinese museums, was established on the foundation of the palace that was the ritual center of two dynasties, the Ming and the Qing, and their collections of treasures.
The Forbidden City was built from 1406 to 1420 by the third Ming emperor Yongle who, upon usurping the throne, determined to move his capital north from Nanjing to Beijing.
In 1924, during a coup launched by the warlord Feng Yuxiang, Puyi was expelled from the Forbidden City and the management of the palace fell to the charge of a committee set up to deal with the concerns of the deposed imperial family.
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 The Forbidden City In Beijing: China's Hidden Heart Architectural Review, The - Find Articles
The city of Beijing consisted of three concentric and rectangular walled areas (with a fourth area developed to the south, known as the Outer City, or the Chinese City, eventually enclosed for strategic reasons and to protect the ceremonial complexes in that area).
The Forbidden City was embedded at the centre, reserved for the Emperor, his family and court attendants (most of whom by tradition were eunuchs).
The Forbidden City was constructed in accordance with ancient rules of spatial design, first used during the Han dynasty in building the city of Chang-an, between 206 BC and AD 220 (modern Xian).
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 Forbidden City - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Forbidden City, sacred, walled enclosure in Beijing, China, containing the imperial court of former Chinese rulers.
Beijing, also known as Peking, city and capital of China, encircled by Hebei Province, located in the northern part of the country, on the northern...
In Beijing, the Palace Museum, located within the Forbidden City, is the...
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 Beijing's Forbidden City And Imperial Palace - a historical introduction
It was he that razed the palaces of Kublai Khan, built over a century earlier, to redesign the Forbidden and Imperial Cities in their new location slightly to the south-east.
Just as commoners were not allowed to penetrate the Forbidden City under the Ming and Qing dynasties, today most citizens and foreigners are not permitted into the government conclave in Zhongnanhai.
So it is that in the Forbidden City there are reputed to be 9,999.5 rooms; half a room short of 10,000 which, it is said, is what the original Jade Emperor possesses in his Heavenly Palace.
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 Forbidden City: Beijing City Tour, History, Map, Beijing China
The Forbidden City, dominating the heart of the city, is a range of well-preserved palace architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The rectangular 'city' is 960 meters (3,149 feet) long from north to south and 750 meters (2,460 feet) wide from east to west with four gates on each cardinal point, among which the southern gate, Wumen (Meridian Gate) is the main entrance for most visitors to the Forbidden City.
The whole complex was built on an axial symmetry layout with the main palaces arranged on the middle axes from south to north, flanked by associated structures.
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 The Forbidden City
The Capital consisted of three main sections: The Forbidden City, which contained the Imperial Palace complex; The Imperial City, which was home to the government officials; and the Outer City which was south of the Imperial City and is where the rest of the people lived.
The Forbidden City of China is also known as two other names – the Imperial Palace Museum and Gugong, although the Imperial Palace is an entity of the City.
The city is only accessible by entering through one of four gates which span the water.
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 The Forbidden City | The News is NowPublic.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
The Forbidden City, also called the Palace Museum, the Purple Forbidden City or Gugong Museum in Chinese, is located in the center of Beijing, China.
The Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 during the Ming Dynasty.
The Forbidden City is one of the largest and best-preserved palace complexes in the world.
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 Chinese Architecture: Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forbidden City was built in the early Ming dynasty by the third emperor Zhu-Di.
Jianwen's body was never found, and many legends state that he either fled the city in disguise or became a Buddhist monk in exile.
The Nguyen dynasty rulers created their own version of the Forbidden City that can still be seen in partial form.
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 Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Palace Museum, China Tour
Built between 1406 and 1420, it was the imperial residence of 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing (1368-1911) dynasties.
This forbidden area where imperial edicts were issued and armies presented their bounties was open to the public for the first time in 600 years on April 25.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Forbidden City Museum, the Hall of Military Prowess (Wuying Dian)will open to public on Saturday after it completes two years of renovation.
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 CNN In-Depth Specials - Visions of China - Royal Real Estate
I had forgotten about the scale of the Forbidden City and the fact it was built to humble anyone who came inside those massive walls.
The Forbidden City is 720,000 square meters (nearly 2.6 million square feet, or more than half the size of Minnesota's Mall of America).
The Forbidden City is situated on a north-south axis.
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 What is the Forbidden City?
The Forbidden City is not actually a city at all, but the Imperial Palace complex in Beijing from which the Chinese emperors ruled their empire for centuries.
It was the home and center of government for 24 emperors of China through the end of the Ming Dynasty and the entirety of the Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty, until the overthrow of Imperial Rule in the early part of the Twentieth Century.
The Forbidden City was home to an enormous number of people, as many as nine thousand in the high point of the Qing Dynasty, including the royal family, concubines, servants, guards, and civil servants, many of whom entered service in the Forbidden City never to leave again during their lifetimes.
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 Forbidden City
All the emperors could do from behind the doors of the Forbidden City of China, was to sit back and live in their own fantasy wo rld as if nothing had happened (Forbidden City the great within, video).
She controlled the Forbidden City from behind the curtain of the dragon throne.
If there ever was a city that ever had something close to the beauty and protection of heaven the Forbidden City was it.
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 Forbidden City -Beijing- China travel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Construction of the Forbidden City started in the 4th year of the reign of the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yongle, and was completed 14 years later (1420).
The Forbidden City was heavily guarded, but the emperor still did not feel secure enough and worried that someone might dig a tunnel into the palace.
The Meridian Gate is the southern entrance of the Forbidden City.
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 Forbidden city
The Emperor and his court fled the city to avoid the British troops that entered the city on the thirteenth of October in 1860.
There are many gates that lead to the interior of their Forbidden City such as The Tiananmen Gate, The Meridian Gate and The Gate of Supreme Harmony.
The Hall of Supreme harmony was the grandest hall in the Forbidden City.
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The Forbidden City is in the centre of Beijing.
The Forbidden City, completed in 1420, was home for 24 emperors of two dynasties, the Ming and the Qing (say ching) The emperors lived here with with their families, court ladies and gentlemen and servants.
Inside the Forbidden City they held court sessions with government ministers to make rules, plan for wars and expeditions and met important people from other countries.
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 Amazing Facts About the Secret World of the Forbidden City -- Oakland Museum of California
The Forbidden City occupies 720,000 square meters (7,747,200 square feet / 180 acres).
The inner sanctum rooms were forbidden to women except to the Empress on her wedding day.
At times they were forbidden from practicing as missionaries, but were always valued for their scientific and artistic knowledge.
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 Forbidden City - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Forbidden City (Chinese: 紫禁城; pinyin: Zǐjinchéng; literally "Purple Forbidden City") was the Chinese imperial palace during the mid-Ming and the Qing Dynasties.
The Palace Museum in the Forbidden City should not be confused with the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan island.
The palace was "forbidden" in the sense that, aside from members of the imperial household, no one could enter it without the Emperor's permission.
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 Forbidden City, Beijing, Beijing China, Forbidden Hishtory, Map: Travel China Guide.com
Lying at the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong, in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Since yellow is the symbol of the royal family, it is the dominant color in the Forbidden City.
Nowadays, the Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum is open to tourists from home and abroad.
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 Pilot Guides: Ancient Secrets: The Forbidden City
For 500 years, the Forbidden City remained the exclusive domain of the ruling emperor and his servants, and it was strictly off limits to the rest of the common folk.
The Forbidden City was designed to reinforce the idea that emperor is the Son of God and will rule forever, and this ideology is seen throughout the architecture of the buildings.
The city is laid out along a north-south axis as it is believed the balance of yin (north) and yang (south) will bring universal harmony to the kingdom.
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 Forbidden City Photo, Forbidden City Picture - Travel China Guide
The Forbidden City in the center of Beijing was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Forbidden City was where the emperor exercised his supreme power and where the royal family lived.
A bronze lion in the Forbidden City, Beijing
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