Zi means Purple, jin mean Forbidden and Cheng means Walled City.
Zijin Cheng – The Forbidden City. Located at the centre of Beijing and spread over 72 hectares, this massive structure was once the palace of the Royals of China. Built by the Ming dynasty and then later taken over by the Qing dynasty, this world heritage site, now houses the palace meseum.
The Forbidden City is the world’s largest surviving palace complex. Its 9000 rooms, filled with paintings, pottery and bronzes, are redolent of China’s imperial past, an era of concubines and a rigid power structure.
The Forbidden City contains 9,999 buildings, so it is easy to get lost unless one is familiar with the Chinese architectural layout, although it is definitely symmetrical.
One good thing that Chinese government has done to preserver this monument is that they have banned commericial establishments inside of the Forbidden City.
As john Keats said “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”, this truly outstanding piece of architecture is really a visual treat for every visiter.
I am just waiting for my turn to experience the magnificiant monstrous structure.