HD Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

| May 15, 2020

Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world, is the focal point for the city of Beijing and a place of enormous significance in China's modern history. See the Qian Men (Front Gate), the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its huge portrait of Mao, from where it is possible to enter the legendary Forbidden City. The largest and most complete group of ancient buildings in China, the Forbidden City was built in the 15th century, and was a restricted area for 500 years before the revolution of 1911. It was home to two royal dynasties, the Ming and Qing emperors (24 in total), and it is from this palace that the emperors governed China, rarely stepping out of its confines. The entire complex consists of 8,706 rooms in which an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people lived including 3,000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines, all within 68 hectares. The palace would regularly go up in flames, some fires accidental, some not, and most of the present buildings date from the 18th century.

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