Chinanews, December 31, 2021, the Forbidden City will usher in its 601st year.
The documentary "My Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" produced by CCTV Film and Television Documentary Center and jointly produced by CCTV and the Palace Museum will be broadcast on CCTV Recording Channel at 20:00 tonight.
"My Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" focuses on the restoration and protection of the ancient buildings of the Forbidden City, records the cultural preservation workers inside the palace wall, shows the wonderful connection between the people of the world outside the palace wall and the city, and tells the story of eternal youth in the Forbidden City.
Six hundred years ago, the Forbidden City was completed in Beijing.
Since its completion, the lives and stories of this ancient building complex have been deeply buried in the depths of history.
"Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" focuses on the 600-year history of the Forbidden City. It uses the "Dan Chen Yonggu" exhibition, the overhaul project of the Hall of Nourishment, and the annual repair and maintenance as clues. The work perspective of the Ministry of Culture, Protection, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Archaeology, etc., opened the journey of rediscovering the Forbidden City.
These "new discoveries" include both the deep history of the Forbidden City, anecdotal stories about the ancient buildings of the Forbidden City, and the "sound of civilization" from every brick and every beam of the Forbidden City.
Do you know why the imperial city of Zhongdu was suddenly stopped by Zhu Yuanzhang when it began to take shape and became his unfinished ideal city?
What did Emperor Wanli, who did not go to court for nearly 30 years, do in the Hall of Yangxin?
Why didn’t Emperor Jiaqing stay in the Palace of Nourishment when he enthroned?
Why did the emperor’s bedroom and apse also cut corners?
What kind of literary and artistic splendor was left on the "Spring Festival Gala" of the Qing court nearly two hundred years ago?
All of these are historical questions and historical mysteries that are raised in "I was in the Forbidden City for six hundred years".
Every brick, tile, wood, and color painting in the Forbidden City has its own language.
But only those who spend enough time with them can understand them.
The reason why Dan Chen is immortal is that it has been passed down from generation to generation in the Palace Museum.
In the long relay, the time and responsibility that everyone paid, finally left the red walls and yellow tiles with brilliance, leaving behind the story of the Forbidden City that can be told forever.
"My Six Hundred Years in the Forbidden City" delicately presents the process and technology of the ancient building repairs of the Forbidden City. Through the interaction between the "temples" and the "jianghu" in the field of ancient building repairs, it shows the inheritance code of the traditional Chinese architectural craftsman group.
In the film, there is the tirelessness of the contemporary people of the Palace Museum: they infatuatedly searched for the sea and moon shells, painted and preserved the color painting samples according to traditional techniques, and marked the replacement date and the new wood serial number on the replaced wood; there is amazing ingenuity of the craftsman: drawing Color paintings on the veranda of the Changchun Palace, replacement of the supporting spine wood of the Hall of Yangxin, repairing the turret of the Forbidden City and the ancient Huaxuan of the Qianlong Garden; more insistence and inheritance: a photo of a large carpenter recording the memories of the craftsman who repaired the turret.
The repair project 63 years ago not only allowed the northwest corner building to remain intact, but also cultivated a group of craftsmen who repaired the first and second generations of the ancient buildings of the Forbidden City, and accumulated complete engineering materials and construction regulations.
The Forbidden City, which has undergone the baptism of time, needs time to shape and sharpen the best guardians.
At present, the renovation of ancient buildings continues to innovate, and more young people who love cultural protection are also actively joining the cultural protection team.
Archaeologists from the Forbidden City born in the 1980s, young experts who graduated from prestigious schools specializing in repair materials, and students from the Repair Technology Department specializing in craftsmanship... The new generation of Wenbao people inherited the craftsmanship and ingenuity of their predecessors and gradually grew.
Archeology, rubbing, gilding, changing wood, repairing buildings, wiping walls... the craftsmen are not rushed, and focus on one thing in one place, repairing and recreating the traces of history.