Titel: Beijing's Imperial Palace: The Illustrated Guide to the Architecture, History, and Splendorof the Forbidden City - Beijing's Imperial Palace: The Illustrated Guide to the Architecture, History, and Splendorof the Forbidden City （游访故宫）（英）
Author / Editor: Yang Zhigang
ISBN: 978-1-60652-121-2, 9781606521212
Publisher: Reader's Digest, Shanghai Press and Publishing Development Company (上海新闻出版发展公司)
Date of Publication: 2010.04
Number of pages: 152
Dimensions: 25 x 19.5 cm
Situated in the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City or the Imperial Palace served as the political and cultural capital of China from 1420 to 1911. During that time 24 emperors, from both the Ming and Qing dynasties, resided within its walls. Today it is regarded as one of the best-preserved ancient palaces in the world and holds UNESCO World Heritage Status, which it received in 1987. Tourists flock to the Forbidden City not only for its stunning architecture but also for the treasures of China’s past; over a million pieces are housed within the palace and include everything from jade and gold pieces to paintings and calligraphy. This book serves as an illustrated guide to the Forbidden City, and the historical relics that lie within.