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  • I found this palace to be completely amazing as I climbed up the many stone steps that lead directly through huge doors painted a rich red
  • The entire palace is a treat to the eyes of anyone who visits there, but here, in this small room, is the heart of the entire palace in my opinion, and gives a human contact that is otherwise lost in the maze of brilliant architecture and immeasurable and unlimited power

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      The Forbidden City. This majestic palace built in the fifteenth century and served as the central seat of power in China for over four hundred years, from the Ming to the Qing dynasty, is engraved in the world’s consciousness as a city that both beckons and threatens with its mystical history and impeccable image. It is both imposing and awe-inspiring, filled with dozens of buildings that housed everything from weapons to concubines.

      I found this palace to be completely amazing as I climbed up the many stone steps that lead directly through huge doors painted a rich red. There is also a path marked by a narrow stone sidewalk that is just large enough for a single person to walk on and it is here that all the emperors of


      China walked through the palace, as this was the private sidewalk made only for the son of heaven.

      But once you get inside and view the main buildings with their stately and incredible roofs decorated in stunning green, blue, red and orange colors, you’ll be even more floored to learn that all those heavy roofs were created without the use of a single nail. They are all made and upheld by their own gravity and the notches ancient architects made that connected the beams like Lego blocks.

      There is also the majestic throne room, completely refurbished to represent what the throne room looked like almost a century ago. At the center is the imposing Dragon Throne, the place where the Emperor sat as he listened to couriers and court officials about ...


      • the state of his empire.

        Everything about this room shouts power and must have been an amazing display of greatness to anyone who had the privilege of setting foot inside the Forbidden Palace. But my favorite building of all and encased in glass for almost a century is the Empress’ bedroom.

        The room is dusty from age, the silk clothes hanging over the wooden bed heavy with gray dust and all the colors fading with time and the sunlight, yet the room is still graced with undisturbed dignity and beauty, a fitting place for the first lady of all of China to rest her head. I always love going to see this particular room because here is where greatness was made and birthed, where the inner intrigues of the palace

        was probably either created or reported to, and where the woman who had the most power over the most powerful man in all of China resided.

        I would just stare at this old, dusty and faded room and imagine what the women who lived here had to go through in their lives. Of their fears, their hopes, their triumphs and of course how they had to scheme to keep their powerful husband’s affection from the hundreds of women trying to take her place.

        The entire palace is a treat to the eyes of anyone who visits there, but here, in this small room, is the heart of the entire palace in my opinion, and gives a human contact that is otherwise lost in the maze of brilliant architecture and immeasurable and unlimited power.




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