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Reisverslag The Forbidden City
11 maart 2014
The Forbidden City
Ringed by a 52m-wide moat at the very heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City is China's largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings and the largest palace complex in the world.
So big that we were lost at one point. It took us about 15 minutes to find out where were were.
Inside the City we could see some of the rooms, who were decorated like back in those days.
Our guide Jason knows a lot about it. So a view 'fun' facts to know (or not, that's up to you!):
- The gate had five doors and the middle door was only for Emperer. The second for the Emperess and high qualified people in the army. And so on.
- He told us that the dragon of the Emperer had five fingers, all other people could only have and make dragons with four fingers or less.
- Also the color yellow was for the Emperer, no one else could have that color in their houses of in their clothes.
- There was a little river inside the Forbidden City. The reason for that was that all of the buildings were made of wood. So if one of those buildings start to burn, they could use the water from the little river.
- In front of the main entrance there were two lions. One on the left and one on the right side. The lion on the left side was the male lion. The Emperer. Because if you're important you will always be on the left. And he was holding a globe, the ruler of the world. The female lion is on the right. You also see a little lion under her foot, that's the symbol for the Emperess.
- The're Roof Guardians at each building in the City. The imperial dragon is at the tail of the procession, which is led by a figure riding a phoenix followed by a number of mythical beasts. The more beasts, the more important the building.
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30 maart 2014 16:46 | Door: Fabienne
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