Updated: Jul 25
An Ode to the Imperial Grandeur (赞美皇家辉煌)
Step into the spellbinding heart of China's rich history as we embark on a journey into the Forbidden City (故宫), an emblematic symbol of China's imperial past. Built-in 1420 during the early Ming Dynasty, the Forbidden City is the most well-preserved imperial palace in China and the world's largest ancient palatial structure.
The Three Entrancing Realms of the Forbidden City (紫禁城的三个迷人领域)
1. The Formidable Gates and Walls – The City's Defensive Shield (雄伟的门和墙 – 城市的防御盾)
Embracing the Forbidden City is a 52-meter wide moat and a 10-meter-high wall, demonstrating ancient China's architectural prowess and strategic genius. The four distinct gates of the city - the Meridian Gate (午门), Gate of Divine Might (神武门), East Glorious Gate (东华门), and West Glorious Gate (西华门) - each bear stories of emperors, empresses, and high-ranking officials who once traversed these passages.
2. The Outer Court – Ceremonial Heart of the Empire (外廷 – 帝国的庆典中心)
The Outer Court houses three main buildings that witnessed the grand ceremonies of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. From the Dragon Throne in the Hall of Supreme Harmony (太和殿) to the emperor's resting quarters in the Hall of Central Harmony (中和殿), each corner echoes a tale of imperial grandeur.
3. The Inner Court – The Emperor's Residential Retreat (内廷 – 皇帝的住所)
The Inner Court, the private residential area for the emperor and his family, reveals intimate glimpses of royal life. Discover the Mental Cultivation Hall (养心殿), where eight Qing emperors resided, and the Six Eastern and Six Western Palaces, the homes of the imperial concubines.
At the heart of it all is the tranquil Imperial Garden (御花园), a splendid relaxation space for the emperor's family, an epitome of the perfect blend between natural beauty and architectural brilliance.
As a seasoned Feng Shui master, I've unveiled the harmonic elements and ancient wisdom entrenched in this magnificent city to countless clients. The unique blend of history, culture, and architectural genius found in the Forbidden City offers lessons that resonate with our daily life. So why not embrace this opportunity to experience a piece of the world's most prosperous cultural heritage?
Through these historical structures, you can tap into the powerful Feng Shui principles embedded within the Forbidden City, allowing you to uncover the harmony between human existence and the natural world.