Remembering my visit to The Forbidden City, Beijing China

At the beginning of the fifteenth century, the third Ming emperor, YongLe, created one of the most dazzling architectural masterpieces in the world.  A collaboration between 3 architects, the Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 during the Ming Dynasty.

Bird’s eye view of the Forbidden City

Foggy morning , this photo was taken in a park across the Forbidden City.  This place has a good vantage point to see the whole of Forbidden City.  The Forbidden City was home to 24 Emperors and their family from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Details of Chines architecture found in the Forbidden City

Chinese Architecture

Chinese Art

More than art, the details of the roof is a symbol of Chinese culuture.

Legend has it that the very structure of the Forbidden City was conceived in a dream by YongLe’s tutor, a visionary monk. The monk imagined an extraterrestrial city, where the Lord of Heaven resided in a purple enclosure.

It was in these 500 years that the Forbidden City was considered “off limits” to the world, which even included the (common people) Chinese population.

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