The Presidential Palace was the residence and administration center of past Qing Emperors, and then finally, the Nationalist Government of China and it includes the offices of many top governmental officials, including Chang Kai-shek and Sun Yat-sen.
Its historical past as a center of political power dates back more 600 years but now it has been turned into China Modern Historical Museum.
Throughout its past the architectures has been changed many times, this shot is of one of the more modern buildings built by the Nationalist Government when it occupied the site between 1912 and 1927 and as one can see is of a distinctly Western style. The four-storied structure even has an Otis elevator, something that must have been extremely rare in China in those days.
I had originally only planned to spend a couple of hours there but there is just so much to see that it took me the best part of a day.