The official mircoblog account of the Forbidden City magazine recently released a group of "time-travelling" photos of the Forbidden City, which has soon become a hit on Internet. So far, the photos have been forwarded over 12,000 times.
The "time-travelling" photo is to put the old photos of historical figures taken in the Forbidden City in the same backgrounds nowadays, which shows a perfect connection of the past and present.
(Photos source: official mircoblog account of the Forbidden City magazine)
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
There were many great legends in China and the greatest of all legends is the Forbidden City. It consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,886 bays of rooms. If you were to change your room each day from the day of your birth, you will be 24 years old by the time you finished the circle.
Today, the site is most commonly known in Chinese as Gùgōng (故宫), which means the "Former Palace". The museum which is based in these buildings is as the "Palace Museum" (Chinese: 故宫博物院).
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