The Forbidden City 
Construction of the Imperial Palace began in 1406 and was completed in 1420.
Construction of the Imperial Palace began in 1406 and was completed in 1420.
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The emperor built 9,999.5 rooms for the Imperial Palace, half a room less than the Heavenly Palace of the Lord of Heaven
The emperor built 9,999.5 rooms for the Imperial Palace, half a room less than the Heavenly Palace of the Lord of Heaven
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According to historical records, 100,000 artisans and one million laborers toiled on the construction of the palace.
According to historical records, 100,000 artisans and one million laborers toiled on the construction of the palace.
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Courtyard of the largest square in the palace complex
Courtyard of the largest square in the palace complex
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The Imperial Palace is a treasure house of one million precious historical relics from the Shang Dynasty (C.1600-771B.C.) through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
The Imperial Palace is a treasure house of one million precious historical relics from the Shang Dynasty (C.1600-771B.C.) through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
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It is to the north of Tian'anmen Square. Rectangular in shape, Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex.
It is to the north of Tian'anmen Square. Rectangular in shape, Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex.
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The Forbidden City covers 74 hectares
The Forbidden City covers 74 hectares
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Bronze tortoise, a symbol of longevity
Bronze tortoise, a symbol of longevity
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Characters mixed in roof detail
Characters mixed in roof detail
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