Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 73. Chapters: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Architecture of the Song Dynasty, Ancient Chinese urban planning, Fujian Tulou, Chinese pagoda, Tong Lau, Siheyuan, Ancient Chinese wooden architecture, Pagoda of Fogong Temple, Longhua Temple, Kang bed-stove, Caisson, Puning Temple, Putuo Zongcheng Temple, Yingzao Fashi, Paifang, Dougong, Huabiao, Hakka walled village, Kaiping Diaolou, Songyue Pagoda, Shikumen, Door god, Chiwen, Tianning Temple, Former Residence of Soong Ching-ling, Yaodong, Bao'en Temple, Sam Tung Uk Museum, Pizhi Pagoda, Chinese pavilion, Lingnan culture, Imperial roof decoration, Guoqing Temple, Shibaozhai, Baoguang Temple, Fawang Temple, Twin Pagoda Temple, Moon gate, Zhenfeng Pagoda, Pagoda of Monk Wansong, Stone Pagoda Temple, Zhidu Temple Pagoda, Dismounting stele, Yingying Pagoda, Kuiguang Pagoda, Shigandang, Standard Design for Buddhist Temple Construction, Wenshou. Excerpt: The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred 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 with 8,707 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 m (7,800,000 sq ft). 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. Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the i...
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