- ISBN 9780500300787
- 17.70 x 12.00 cm
- Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white
- First published 1997
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The Forbidden City in Beijing, founded in 1405, is one of the greatest palaces in the world: a magnificent complex of residences, temples and courts, the sacred centre of the Chinese empire, under the Ming and Manchu dynasties, for five hundred years.
Despite great political upheaval and social change in the rest of China, the life of rigid protocol and ritual in the Forbidden City remained unaltered, seemingly frozen in time, until the day when the modern world entered its long-closed gates and changed it for ever.
The Forbidden City: Heart of Imperial China provides a fascinating and abundantly illustrated insight into five centuries of Chinese history.