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Why Forbidden City is Landmark of Beijing

Every time when related to Beijing and China, what appeared to mind will be the Forbidden City. For first time visitors in Beijing no matter from which country, they must have a long linger in this imperial palace. Undergoing so many years, it has been regarded as the representative of Beijing, China. Why?

Forbidden City

Deep Cultural Connotation
In the ancient times, the common people regarded Forbidden City as a golden yellow castle located in Beijing center. It is a non-realized dream to enter into or it is just a tale existing in the common life. With best advantage of lying in the Beijing City center, it is also called Gugong in Chinese. It is a large scale dazzling imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are many policy affairs happened inside. So, it educed many fairy historical stories. It is just illustrated as Purple City because ancient Chinese Astronomers believed the Purple Star was in the center of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace. So the emperor lived the palace should call Purple City. It is forbidden to enter without special permission of emperor.

Enormous Palaces in Forbidden City
Once entered into Forbidden City, your vision would be lured by numerous delicate palaces. Built rectangular in shape, it enjoyed high fame as the largest palace complex in the world covering 74 hectares. Being surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat and a10-meter-high wall, it housed over 8,700 rooms. The wall has a gate on each side. On the roof of each palace, there are certain decorations. Each of them has certain representative. Luxurious decorations and traditional building style would be the most precious treasures. Various palaces housed certain function in the ancient times. Unique arrangement showed unique imperial atmosphere. Wandering in this large city, you would arouse typical feeling to Chinese history!

Great Construction of Forbidden City
Construction of Forbidden City started in the Yongle Reign of the third emperor of Ming Dynasty. It was completed fourteen years later in 1420. It is said building the great castle, there are a million workers driven into the long-term hard labor. The stones needed are carried from Fangshan District. It is said that a well was dug every fifty meters along the road in order to pour water onto the road in winter to slide huge stones on ice into the city. In addition to this, there are many precious freighted materials are carried from other provinces.

To the human beings, Forbidden City is truly an eternal wonder!