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Forbidden City

This was once the focus of all creation, standing at the center of the world, the universe and the mind of God. For 500 years, it sheltered a court dedicated to privilege and power. It was built for one man, the son of heaven. But it was also a palace and a prison in one. And at the best of times and the worst of times it was hard to tell them apart. In the end, here was a dynasty expected to last forever until time brought it all to a close. This is the Forbidden City.

In the year 1688, the government official from Anhui province arrived in Beijing. His name was Yan Shuyang. He had traveled almost a thousand miles, a journey of thirty days. The last mile he walked alone without his servants, without transport, for beyond the gate was the Great Within, The Forbidden City.

We know about Yan#s audience because everything that happened inside these gates was obsessively written down and stored. Funeral orations, dinner menus, decorations of wall, all here in the imperial archive of 50 million manuscripts. This attention to detail was one defining feature of the Forbidden City. Harmony with the universe was another. When that harmony was disturbed, it meant dynasties could collapse. As a young man, Yan had seen the 300-year-old Ming Dynasty fall after an eclipse of the sun.

The Forbidden City of China, in Chinese language is called "Gugong", it“s the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It“s huge and beautiful!

The reason for constructing the Forbidden City is make a big palace to protect the emperor“s life is safe. The Forbidden City is in China“s capital-Beijing. The meaning of the Forbidden City in the older day is that“s the place that the emperor live, the place that shows the authoritativeness that the emperor have, and the place that can keep the emperor safe. But in today, there are no more emperor live in China, so the Forbidden City is only for tourism.

In China, the emperor is the most powerful man. He can control all the tings in China, he“s the man who rule the country. The emperor think that the whole country is his own wealth, it“s under his control. Because of that, the emperor want to build a palace to protect his life, to show his authoritativeness. That makes the Forbidden City build.

The Forbidden City lying at the center of Beijing was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now known as the Palace Museum, it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. Rectangular in shape, it is the world“s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter high wall are 9,999 buildings.

The sense of the Forbidden City in older day is to protect the emperor“s life safe. But in now, it“s a way to showing Chinese culture, it“s a tourism to earn money.

The Forbidden City is very important in China, in older day, that“s the place the emperor live. Because the emperor have power to control all the country, so the Forbidden City just like the goverment headcentre, all the laws, orders are from here, from the emperor. But in 2004 today, it“s still important to Chinese people. Because it“s the moest biggest palace in the world, it shows the history and the culture of China. Also, it make Chinese people pride. The Forbidden City is important today and the older day.