Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Where is the Palace Museum in China??

Forbidden City in Beijing, China
Originally uploaded by Action at a Distance The Blog.

Also known as the Forbidden City, the Palace Museum served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Located in the central axis of Beijing, the former Imperial Palace was first constructed in 1406, with an area of 720,000 sqm.

The palace has four main gates: Meridian Gate in the south, East Flowery Gate in the east, West Flowery Gate in the west, and Gate of Divine Prowess in the north. On each corner of the palace stands a tall turret tower. Surrounded by a moat, the palace museum has a total of 9,999 rooms, with a construction area of 150,000 sqm.

It is the largest palace complex in the world, as well as one of the world cultural heritage sites.

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