China is largest country in world, second largest economy in world and most important it has cities where headquarters of many multi nationals companies are based. China has amazing history with war between the Ching and Ming Dynasty, colonization, its freedom struggle and its glorious development. China has one another must visit place called Forbidden City which is in the centre of Beijing city.
Forbidden City which is also known as Palace of Museum is also in the list of world of famous palaces of world and shares this status with France’s Palace of Versailles, England’s Buckingham Palace, United States of America’s White House and Russia’s Kremlin.
Forbidden City’s splendour and magnificent complex, is the best in China and Forbidden City is also listed as the World Cultural Heritage Building.
Forbidden City was built under the Ming Dynasty, took some fourteen years to complete that is 1406 to 1420. From its imperial palace , twenty four emperors have ruled the china, ascended on throne, exercised their authorities and power over the nation. Forbidden City showcases the Chinese architecture, their love for gold artifacts, intricate decorations and carvings on walls. The palace area is of 720,000 square meters that is some 177.9 acres of land. The palace has some 8700 rooms. The palace is encased with a red color high wall whose length is 3,400 meters. In those walls are four gates through which there is entry to the palace. The main gate is Wu Men that’s Meridian Gate. At the four corners of the walls there are exquisite towers for watching and keeping eye on the whole place. The palace is of such grandeur, and luxurious. Roofs of the palace are done with tile glazed with golden hue. The walls are painted in red and bases are of grey to white shades.
Imperial Palace is rectangular in shape. Architecture, construction and interiors are all done with amazing finesse. Halls are spectacular, have been arranged such that they are bilateral symmetry with central axis conforming to axis of the Beijing city. Imperial Palace is divided into two parts that is inner courts and outer court.
Halls of the palace have now been converted into galleries which display arts that is the paintings, bronze wares, clocks, many other invaluable treasure. Some 1,000,000 artifacts and articles are there in this museum which is just one sixth of the China’s national treasure. The whole place is termed as forbidden because no commoner could enter its premises when the emperors used to rule the nation from the inner sanctums of this place. This ominous sobriquet is used because entry was prohibited, for one to enter in this place royal authorization was required and if one entered without any sanctions then it could cost the person his life.
Forbidden City Attractions:
• Meridian Gate ( enterance) • Gate of Heavenly Purity • Gate of Supreme Harmony • Hall of Supreme Harmony • Hall of Preserving Harmony • Hall of Heavenly Purity • Hall of Earthly Tranquillity • Hall of Central Harmony • Huge Stone Carving • Six Western Palaces • Six Eastern Palaces • Palace of Tranquil Longevity • Hall of Joyful Longevity • Nine Dragon Wall • Imperial Garden • Huge Stone Carving • Hall of Union and Peace • Hall of Mental Cultivation • Gate of Divine Might (Exit)
Forbidden City represents the grandeur of China past and present.