August 8 is this year’s “Liqiu” (立秋）, literally “the establishment of autumn”, in China’s lunar calendar.
The Forbidden City’s official social media account shares a group of photos taken this very day, and wins applause from netizens. “I am changing my lock screen.” One says. “You just cannot take a bad picture about the Forbidden City. Snap it, and there you go.” Another comments.
Forbidden City is the royal palace in the center of Beijing. Below are the photos taken on 8 Aug 2015 at the imperial palace. (source - en.people.cn)
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years.
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. (More about the Chinese imperial palace)
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