The Forbidden City is one of China’s most popular, and most secretive, tourist destinations. Every year, visitors to the site which was the home of China’s Imperial families for generations. It is a stunning piece of architecture and an important piece of history.
But even though much of the city have been open for some time, there are still parts inside where no outsider has been allowed for a very, very long time. Under royal order, this section has remained a secret for generations. But now, that’s all about to change.
During the Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden Palace was home to China’s Imperial family.
Now, the impeccably preserved palace is host to thousands of tourists every year. They come to appreciate the beautiful design and to take a step back in time.
They come to appreciate the beautiful design and to take a step back in time.
But only certain sections have ever been opened to the public. Some have never been seen by outside eyes.
For more than a century the garden and its adjoining apartments — commissioned by the 4th emperor of the Qing dynasty — have remained hidden under lock and key.
But in 2008 the Qianlong Garden Conservation project began to restore the garden and the small rooms connected it, repairing it without destroying its original beauty.
Upon his death, the 4th emperor commanded that the garden remain untouched. This means some of the art hasn’t been retouched or altered since its original installation.
The gardens and their adjacent courtyards feature rare examples of Qing-era artwork, And now for the first time, tourists can appreciate their beauty.
Standing in this room is the same experience now that it was all those hundreds of years ago.
The restored gardens immediately calm the mind and soothe the soul. They are a true jewel in the Forbidden City’s crown.
I’ve always wanted to visit China and see the Great Wall. Stopping by the Forbidden City to take in these incredible sights would be just as amazing.
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