As we all know, the Forbidden City is the center of ancient imperial power, so where do you first think of the Forbidden City?

Is it the Forbidden City in Beijing, the top five palaces in the world, or the Forbidden City in Shenyang, which has Manchu characteristics?

Is it the Nanjing Forbidden City, which has experienced many hardships and traumas, and now only remains the ruins, or is it the Taipei Forbidden City, which is full of history and art and contains thousands of collections?

In this issue of "Yiqi Liao", I will chat with you about those things about the Forbidden City.

  In 1625, Nurhachi designated Shenyang as the capital out of strategic considerations, and built the Grand Palace and Ten Kings Pavilion in the center of the old city of Shenyang. This was the beginning of the construction of the Shenyang Imperial Palace.

So far, the Qing Dynasty has risen and the Eight Banners system has reappeared.

  As the imperial palace of the early Qing Dynasty, the Shenyang Forbidden City is only 1/12th of Beijing's Forbidden City, but it incorporates the styles of the Manchu, Mongolian and Han tribes, and embodies the tolerance for multiculturalism.

  In 1644, the Ming Dynasty fell and the Qing Dynasty moved its capital to Beijing, and began a 260-year rule with Beijing as its capital.

The Shenyang Forbidden City, as the "accompanying capital palace", is still highly valued by the emperors of the Qing Dynasty.

  The Forbidden City, which has experienced 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties, is now known as the world’s five largest palaces along with the Versailles Palace in France, the Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom, the White House in the United States and the Kremlin in Russia. One of the most intact wooden structure ancient buildings.

  However, what you may not know is that the Forbidden City in Beijing was built by Zhu Di, the emperor of the Ming Dynasty, based on the Nanjing Forbidden City, which was the Ming Forbidden City at that time.

It's just that the Nanjing Ming Forbidden City, which was once larger than the Forbidden City in Beijing, has experienced many calamities in the fire and war, but now it can only be presented to the world in the form of a ruins.

  If the above three Forbidden City are the places where the ancient emperors lived and worked, then the Taipei Forbidden City is a pure museum, not a real imperial palace.

Okay, thanks for watching this issue of "Yiqi Liao", I am Yilin, see you next time!

  Producer: Diao Haiyang

  Planning/Appearance: Wang Yilin

  Photography: Li Lingli

  Production: Wang Yilin

Editor in charge: [Wang Yi]