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The Forbidden City (Images of Asia)

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | The Forbidden City (Images of Asia).pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    May Holdsworth(Author)

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Halls of dazzling glory or an 'ill-omened pile of buildings' A sight unforgettably lovely or merely commonplace? Long shrouded in mystery, Beijing's Forbidden City has provoked all these conflicting descriptions. Built to a grand scale, its design determined by the art of fengsui, the Forbidden City was at once a palace and a prison. Good luck did not always bless its denizens, and life was cold, lonely and stifling for many of the emperors, empresses, and imperial concubines who lived within it. Today the palace receives many visitors, yet the realities of imperial life in the Forbidden City are stil little known. This illustrated introduction exposes the private world hidden behind imperial walls, bringing to light mundane processes of its every day life. Ritual procedures and domestic arrangements, wedding, births and deaths, the practical concerns of heating, lighting, and cooking: each of these topics is explored in this unique portrait of one of Asia's premier historical and cultural sites.

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Book details

  • PDF | 96 pages
  • May Holdsworth(Author)
  • OUP China; New edition edition (9 Mar. 2000)
  • English
  • 3
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Momus on 11 October 2014

    This is not the definitive read on the Forbidden City, it's not going to give you the forensic detail that an architect or historian might demand but if you're looking for a reasonably detailed guide for a lay man which'll give you a flavour of the place then you could do a lot worse than spending a morning reading and admiring the artwork presented in this quality book.The compilers lead you through accounts of incidents/etiquette/historical anecdotes to slowly layer your knowledge of this incredible Imperial city at the centre of the Chinese Empire for over 600 years.In constructing this guide there was a plethora of material available for inclusion but the authors have been careful not to overload either the historical factoids nor the illustrations maintaining a careful balance which maintains interest as we make our way from gate to gate.

  • By bookpile on 21 May 2009

    I knew very little about the Forbidden City before I read this book, and having read it now know considerably more. The author knows her subject well, and the photographs are excellent.

  • By G.I.Forbes on 5 September 2013

    This excellent book deals with the home (the Forbidden City) of 23 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynastys durung the period 1420-1912.There is a very good map of the palace at the start of the book indicating 34 points of interest.The book is in 4 parts a)the outer court b)the inner court c)the sun at noon (interesting events affecting the Forbidden City) and d)the palace as a museum -1925 to the present.The pictures and pictures are superb.Highly recommended and a credit to the authors -10 stars

  • By Tweedledum on 8 August 2014

    Beautiful and informative table top book about China's forbidden city. Lavishly illustrated with paintings and photographs the book tells the story of the forbidden city through a series of historical windows and viewpoints.

  • By D. Mackie on 1 August 2014

    Great Book......

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