The Chinese Emperors’ Palace known as, ‘The Forbidden City’, is located in the heart of Peking, commonly known as Beijing. From here, the “Sons of Heaven” ruled the vast Chinese Empire for more than five centuries, although the portrait of Chairman Mao at the Palace’s ‘Noon Gate’ makes the influence of China’s modern political system apparent to all.
The history of the Empire city, of which admission to ordinary mortals was denied for centuries, is closely associated with the rulers of the Quing and Ming dynasties.
The Forbidden City is a perfect ensemble of classical Chinese architecture which to the present day, has been well-protected, a responsibility now the domain of the soldiers of the People’s Republic.
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