The Forbidden City

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British Museum Press, 2005 - History - 78 pages
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The Forbidden City is located in the heart of Beijing/Peking. It has been the focus of authority in imperial China for over 6 centuries. A city within a city, its high red walls enclosed the centre of government, the imperial palace. Also enclosed within are huge lakes dotted with islands and pleasure-boats, workshops producing clothing, furniture and fittings and luxury items for the court and a zoo with horses, cats, elephants and, occasionally, a giraffe. For hundreds of years, thousands of eunuchs served their imperial masters within the Forbidden City, taking control of the flow of administrative documents and all the daily needs of emperors and women of the palace. This book introduces the colourful characters who inhabited the Forbidden City and evokes the strictly prescribed rituals that made up life behind its walls.

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