Photographer's Note

Ringed by 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 called because it was off limits for 500 years when it was steeped in stultifying ritual and Byzantine regal protocol, the otherworldly palace was the reclusive home to two dynasties of imperial rule until the Republic overthrew the last Qing emperor.
Today the Forbidden City is called prosaically the Palace Museum, although most Chinese people simply call it gugong - former palace.

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