The Emperor's Palace is called the "Forbidden City" because most Chinese
were forbidden to enter - "Royalty-Only-Please".
Emperor Yong Le began its erection in the early 1400's and the huge complex contains over 700 buildings on about 700,000 or so square meters. It's so big that I only toured a tenth of its area!
I am also happy to say that the Forbidden City is constantly being refurbished. At the bottom of the page you'll see a 'refurbishing' picture. Given the enormity of the Forbidden City, the sight of bamboo scalfolding is routine and should not diminish your trip.
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All of the buildings were made of wood. As a consequence fire was a concern. Below is a picture of two water urns.
Here is the "refurbishing picture" I promised.
We will continue our tour of the Forbidden City and stop by the Temple of Heavenly Harvest
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