Lying at the city center and called Gu Gong in Chinese, it was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was first built throughout 14 years during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ancient Chinese Astronomers believed that the Purple Star (Polaris) was in the center of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace. The Palace for the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the empeor. Hence its name 'The Purple Forbidden City', usually 'The Forbidden City'.
Ancient Chinese people displayed their very considerable skills in building it. Take the grand red city wall for example. It has an 8.6 meters wide base reducing to 6.66 meters wide at the top. The angular shape of the wall totally frustrates attempts to climb it. The bricks were made from white lime and glutinous rice while the cement is made from glutinous rice and egg whites. These incredible materials make the wall extraordinarily strong.
Since yellow is the symbol of the royal family, it is the dominant color in it. Roofs are built with yellow glazed tiles; decorations in the palace are painted yellow; even the bricks on the ground are made yellow by a special process. However, there is one exception. Wenyuange, the royal library, has a black roof. The reason is that it was believed black represented water then and could extinguish fire.
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emka (100071) 2013-12-31 23:44
Znakomity kadr z przecinajacymi sie liniami schodów. A takie niebieskie niebo to w pekinie rzadkość. Super ostrość i kolory.
Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
daddo (26906) 2013-12-31 23:52
Hi Kamila. Intriguing photo with its many diagonals, lovely light, intricate shapes and excellent exposure.Great result and you avoided the throng of people! Best wishes for 2014. Klaudio.
luciola (2960) 2014-01-01 0:44
Ciekawe spojrzenie, ladna kompozycja.
Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
Subhogen (4067) 2014-01-01 1:04
Nice interesting place you share here today. I like the palace buildings which seem to be glowing in the soft sunlight. Good exhibition of grand architecture all over the frame. Nice color contrasts and excellent clarity. China is not very well documented in TE and your photo and informative note sheds a lot of light on the beauty of China. Thanks for sharing.
Gigidusud (21151) 2014-01-01 2:12
Beautiul architectural composition with excellent POV, great framing and splendid light. Well done!
Best wishes for 2014!
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-01 2:24
continua il tuo viaggio fotografico in Cina per il quale hai già creato il tema che immagino avrà ilgrande successo del tema precedente.
In questa un'altra bella inquadratura della città proibità e delle sue stupende costruzioni, tra contrasti di colori e architetture che incantano noi occidentali.
Particolarmente efficaci anche in questa nitidezza e colori.
In caro saluti e ancora una volta buon anno.
holmertz (54385) 2014-01-01 2:47
Another very stylish composition from the Forbidden city. The white staircases and railings provide fine diagonals leading up to the two very elegant buildings basking in the warm sunlight. Ths photo equally shows us the artistic and technical skill of the city planners hundreds of years ago.
Kind regards and a happy 2014.
Noel_Byrne (31678) 2014-01-01 5:35
What a beautiful capture of this place, and even more so that you somehow managed to capture these stairways with no people, allowing us to appreciate them for their unique and attractive design. A perfect angle which you chose as the stairs lead into the frame and up to the buildings at the top, and all under that wonderful golden light. Really nicely done!
All the best, and happy new year!
Sergiom (81929) 2014-01-01 6:24
Un grand bonheur de voir cette cité interdite dans toute sa splendeur.Le point de vue est excellent sur ces deux immenses bâtiments qui baignent dans une lumière qui fait bien ressortir les détails.
Bonne et heureuse année
Silvio1953 (145773) 2014-01-01 7:25
Ciao Kamila, great view of fantastic place, lovely composition, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-01 8:03
This is a fine and fascinating shot Kamila. I love your chosen vantage point with the contrasting colours and areas of light and shade. Beautiful architecture and shown with excellent detail and sharpness. Warm regards Rosemary
zoomer (6) 2014-01-01 9:17
Hi Kamila the light in your composition is excellent as are the colors and details.Beautiful and interesting photo,all the best Wolf.
carlo62 (50181) 2014-01-01 10:01
la mitica Città Proibita in uno splendido scatto, molto bella e interessante la scalinata con i suoi terrazzamenti.
Molto bella anche la luce che infonde una calda tonalità.
ikeharel (73007) 2014-01-01 10:17
An amazing perspective on the monumental place. Kamila.
The white marble in contrast to red culumns of the shrines, and well collected under side sun-rays. Great sharpness and fine details shown.
vladic (4561) 2014-01-01 11:17
Można się poczuć jak w labiryncie… Wyszukany kadr wydobywa swoisty walor tego miejsca, światło zaś podkreśla szczegóły architektoniczne budowli.
Życzenia radości z tego co jest, nadziei na to co przed...
williewhistler (16398) 2014-01-01 11:19
I enjoy the use that you have made of the graphic lines of the Palace and the surrounding area to compose a most interesting photograph.
The light on the buildings is delightful.
Kind regards Les.
jemaflor (98793) 2014-01-01 11:38
Nice view well managed with this white FGn good light capture, tfs.
Très bonne Année 2014 !
chrislo (4097) 2014-01-01 12:33
Beautiful capture of the Chinese architecture. The combination of railings and stairs give a strong geometric composition. The side light highlights the buildings attractively and enhance their warm colours. Such an incredible place, I'm sure you loved it. Great shot !
mesutilgim (95558) 2014-01-01 13:13
Very nice capture from Beijing enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and all the best for a happy new year !
yquem46 (38752) 2014-01-01 13:15
So you were in China ! Well at least in Beijing
A good shot the Forbidden City with the nice contrast between the colorful palaces and the white stairs and walls at FG
My best wishes for a great 2014
Waylim (25502) 2014-01-01 13:38
This is a really good shot, I was here many years ago. Before the digital time, and even then there was people everywhere, you can't hardly take any photo with people all over the place. Here you manage to find the open foreground without people in it and the warm light, work very well illuminating the buildings very nicely with warm gold and red. The clear blue sky is perfect to contrast the gold and red. Good quality photo with good composition.
Nice and simple frame works well.
bukitgolfb301 (42766) 2014-01-01 14:28
Hi dear Kamila
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!
Wow you were in China while you were not in TE.
Ya greatly and typical image presenting China's charcteritics so well. Great balanace is kept with so tasteful light color touch.
All the best and have a good day! Takero
lousat (92978) 2014-01-02 15:07
Hi Kamila,spectacular capture of the forbidden city,great choice of the moment with this special light and magnificent details everywhere,i like it! I wish you all the best me too for an happy new year and thanks,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-02 16:57
wow, what a POV chosen to show such a beautiful palace. Sharp details with very eye catching colours. I like the foreground details too. Very well done. Tfs.
Happy New Year.
photoray (13981) 2014-01-02 17:20
Attractive view of the Imperial Palace, detailed ancient architecture with a terraced foreground.
And it must be "Forbidden" because you created a view without humans present.
And an interesting note for background and knowledge, but then I have a university History degree.
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-01-02 18:16
I really like your point of view, featuring the intricate stone lacework as a stunning foreground. The soft light makes the building glow, for a nice composition that fills the frame efficiently.
All the best!
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-01-02 21:40
Spectacular view from the hidden city.Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.TFS.
pajaran (61950) 2014-01-02 23:50
Interesantan tekst o ,, Zabranjenom gradu,, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana arhitektura.
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepe boje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about, the Forbidden City, with a description ...
Nice view ...
Good composition, nice architecture is shown.
Good footage and contrast, beautiful colors.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
danos (99325) 2014-01-03 5:47
very nice the view as the presentation of this section of the Imperial palace in the Forbidden city.You were lucky because of the blue of the sky as enhance even more the beauty of the scene.
I wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year,Danos
abmdsudi (55226) 2014-01-03 6:01
Forbidden and incredible story -- full of foreboding; the image emphasises past power and give me shivers even with the brilliant sunshine. Awesome capture
impressive perspective, textures, decor architectural detail, shadow and scale. The blue sky brings all the beautiful details of this amazing structure really well. A delightful shot and tfs
cornejo (43591) 2014-01-03 11:00
Hi Kamila, very good picture of this interesting Forbidden City, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Cricri (120645) 2014-01-03 11:27
Une très belle présentation de la cité, belle lumière sur les bâtiments, intéressant avant plan, très belle réalisation
Meilleurs vœux pour 2014
claudeD (39661) 2014-01-03 12:41
Wonderful picture from the forbidden city showing this amazing typical architecture from China. Very good composition and fine sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With tegards from Luxembourg
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-01-03 23:58
interesting architecture, good sharpness and colors.
Fis2 (99832) 2014-01-06 1:06
Taka architektura robi na mnie zawsze wrazenie.
Dobry POV i kompozycja.
Swiatlo zrobilo klimat tego miejsca.
Angshu (56760) 2014-01-08 21:33
The building is intriguing and epitomizing China with the design and style. What I also like is the ample FG with the diagonals. The white FG and the red building in the BG contrasts beautifully. Exposure has been well handled especially the balance between the shded parts and the lit up zones. Good work!
PS : Wish you and your loved ones a very healthy and prosperous 2014
macjake (69245) 2014-01-10 1:55
another sweet looking photo.
the bold contrast of white and then reds, with hints of blue sky really work well.
excellent cultural photo to show off this architecture.
sevy (58) 2014-01-13 4:07
I like the brightness of this shot well using the white stairs in foreground to balance the composition with the typical buildings in background.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-01-18 9:35
Another nice shot of Forbidden City. I like how the immaculate stairs contrasts with the colourful palace. Nice lateral light.
PaulVDV (29537) 2014-01-18 13:15
An excellent composition for this very attractive picture of the Forbidden City.
The red columns, walls and tiles look really beautiful under the blue sky.
The many white stairs and the ramps with their bas-relief carvings are a perfect foreground for the view of these palaces.
Best regards, Paul
serp2000 (44638) 2014-02-08 10:11
Ni hao, Kamila,
Another fafiliar place in Gu Gong, I was here and I remember this place. Perfect DoF, very nice composition. Thanks for memories.
Best wishes from Russia!
nikkitta (17066) 2014-02-20 13:01
GReat POV avoiding the hordes of tourists only seen at the back
Great POV white at the front and the palace at the back in a good angle
Inormative note, do you know why the roofs are curved?
Well done and presented
And how on earth you have a so, so nice weather, having been in 2012 the sky was grey all the time, years ago , visiting the City it rained all the time
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8107)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-19
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-31 23:34