Palace Museum (Forbidden City)

Palace Museum (Forbidden City)

September 26, 2009
Beijing China

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This is the Palace Museum, also known as the Purple Forbidden City. It is the largest and most well preserved imperial residence in China today. Under Ming Emperor Yongle, construction began in 1406. It took 14 years to build the Forbidden City. The first ruler who actually lived here was Ming Emperor Zhudi. For five centuries thereafter, it continued to be the residence of 23 successive emperors until 1911 when Qing Emperor Puyi was forced to abdicate the throne. In 1987, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recognized the Forbidden City as a world cultural legacy.

It is believed that the Palace Museum, or Zi Jin Cheng (Purple Forbidden City), got its name from astronomy and folklore. The ancient astronomers divided the constellations into groups and centered them around the Ziwei Yuan (North Star). The constellation containing the North Star was called the Constellation of Heavenly God and the star itself was called the purple palace. Because the emperor was supposedly the son of the heavenly gods, his central and dominant position would be further highlighted by the use of the word purple in the name of his residence.

Flowers of ZhongShan Park, Beijing

Flowers of ZhongShan Park, Beijing

Location: ZhongShan Park (Also known as Sun Yat-Sen Park)

I had an opporunity to shoot with Chrysanthemums Show at ZhongShan Park last September 2009. These are the huge Chrysanthemums in different colors I’d ever seen. Beautiful flowers indeed!

Zhongshan Park is located to the west of Tian’AnMen Gate in the heart of the Inner City. It is the site of the former Altar of Land and Harvest (from 1421, emperor YongLe, Ming dynasty). The emperor would visit twice yearly – in the springtime to bring a good harvest and in the autumn for thanksgiving. Five different colours of earth are still kept at this altar, representing land from throughout the nation.

After 1911 the site became a park and was renamed in 1928 in honour of Sun Yat-sen, better-known in Chinese as Sun ZhongShan, who is considered to be the father of modern China. Sun ZhongShan was a key figure in the 1911 revolution which brought down the Qing dynasty and ended imperial rule in China and became the first president of the new republic. He is so popular that there are currently more than 40 ZhongShan Parks in China.

ZhongShan Park covers an area of 24 hectares (60 acres) and is a grand example of classical Chinese landscape gardening. It is also famous for many old cypress trees, some of which are over 1,000 years old.
The park also features a concert hall, a large pond, peonies (late spring and early summer), rock gardens, pavilions and colorful long corridors.

Chinas Hidden Treasure

Chinas Hidden Treasure

Location: Beijing, China

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China’s Hidden Treasure is a collection of the impressive artistic culture of Chinese which I found in the exhibit of Opposite Hotel and stalls of Panjiuayan Flea Market. The artistry symbolizes a huge factor of the Chinese Empire in Asian History and this modern times.