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The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

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The Forbidden City.

FORBIDDEN CITY (Officially known as the Palace Museum).  Situated in the middle of Beijing, most people start their tours here.  Allow at least half a day to see this incredible 183 acre site.  This was once the imperial palace and the centre of administration and over a 500 year period 24 rulers ruled.  It was opened to the public in 1949.  There are four gardens within the Forbidden City, the most impressive being the:-

Imperial Garden (Yu Hua Yuan)  A classic traditional Chinese garden and the oldest garden in the Forbidden City.  It is outside the Inner Court and covers 12, 000 square metres.

The Forbidden City.
  Gardens were built for repose and reflection and every rock, tree and pavement here tells a story.  In this lovely garden you will also see the

Hall of Imperial Peace, The Imperial Sight Pavilion, and The Pavilion of a Thousand Autumns.

 

The Outer Court of the Forbidden City is more than 30,000??? square metres in area and has three halls:

 

The Hall of Supreme Harmony  This is the largest hall and stands on the North Veranda. The Visitor’s eye is directed towards the marble ramp, but the actual building, stands on a huge tripe tiered arrangement of marbled terraces.  It is called the Dragons Pavement and the balustrades are carved with phoenixes and dragons.  The terraces are over 8 metres high.  Inside the hall there are over 72 pillars either laquered red, or around the throne they are gilded.

The Forbidden City.
  Although rebuilt several times the embryo of the building emerged in 1,500. The function of this building was ceremonial and it was the coronation hall of all the twenty-four Ming and Qing Emperors.  Entry into the hall is prohibited but you may view through the open doorway.

 

The Hall of Central Harmony  This is where the emperor would hold court with high ranking officials.  It was also a robbing room and preparation room.

 

The Hall of Preserving  This hall held royal banquets that usually concluded in major ceremonial events.  Directly behind the hall is a broad marble walkway of solid marble called the Dragons Walk.

 

All around the Forbidden City there are walls and watch towers. The buildings all have magnificent tiled roofs with ceramic beasts projecting from the eaves.

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