The Forbidden City was so named this because, for more than five hundred years, nobody was allowed to enter except for the rulers of China and their servants. Whoever else entered faced the DEATH penalty. It was the home to two dynasties of Emperors, the Ming and the Qing dynasties, within the reign of twenty-four emperors who lived in this imperial palace! The city was built during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and is located directly in the center of Beijing and it's vast area is hard to miss. (source) Now, the palace is open to the public with the entrance fee of RMB40 to 60. =)
The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation as pictured below. While the northern section, or the Inner Court is where the royal family lived.
|The outer court and the Hall of Supreme Harmony at the background.|
- the Hall of Supreme Harmany (Taihe Dian ) - where grand ceremonies were held like the Emperor's enthronement, birthday and wedding day, the dispatch of generals to battles, the Winter Solstice and the Spring Festival.
- another is the Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghe Dian) - the place for the emperor to do preparations for ceremonies, and the last is
- the Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohe Dian) - where banquets were held on New Year's Eve and also place to take Final Imperial Examination (source)
|I noticed the all of the buildings had these architecture designs.|
|The mini statues represents the building's status.|
|An American movie was made here. The Last Emperor if I'm not mistaken.|
|We passed through A until H. Stopped by Empress's quarters first. (source)|
|OMG... look at it's muscles!!! Aummm!!!|
|Entering Palace of Gathering Excellence, residence of the Empress and Imperial Concubines.|
|Chi Xiu Gong, the Empress.|
|Various pics from within the Forbidden City.|
|The picture chosen for my header. =)|