The Forbidden City is one of the world's wonders leaving many tourists and people around with undying questions. Such a beautiful city left and abandoned for many years without reasons, making it a mystery indeed.
The Forbidden City is a palace complex in Central in Central Beijing, China. The Forbidden City was the former Chinese imperial palace and state residence of the Emperor of China from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Wing dynasty between 1420- 1924.
According to history, when Hongwu Emperor's son Zhu Do became the Yongle Emperor, he moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing and construction began in 1406
It was commissioned in 1406 by the Yongle emperor of the Ming dynasty. The Forbidden City took 14 years to build from 1406 to 1420. It was built by over 1,000,000 workers, including more than 100,000 craftsmen.
It was the imperial palace of China for almost 500 years (1420-1912). It cover 0.72sq km(0.28 sq mi) of which 15 hectares (38 acres) are floor area.
During it's 600 years tenure as a palace, the complex had it's fair share of murders, poisoning or executions performed at the Emperor's behest but nevertheless.
In 1925, the Forbidden City was used as a museum under the Palace Museum who extensive collection of art works and artifacts are builts upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
In 1933, the Japanese invasion of China forced the evacuation of the national treasures in the Forbidden City. At the end of the World War ll, part of the collection were returned. After the China Civil War, the small but high quality collection which were kept in the storage until 1965 it surfaced on the public again but as the core of the National Palace Museum in Taipei
In 1987, the Forbidden City was then declared by World Heritage Site and was listed by the UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Since 2012, the city has seen an average of 14 million visitors but increase to 19 million visitors in 2019.
Since the Palace opened to the public in the 1940's, some reports has been made about a woman dressed in white and some strange phenomena. Do you think it was abandoned cause of the haunted ghost or there is another reason for it ??
Indeed, no trips to Beijing is complete without a visit to the Forbidden City..
However, there is no explanation for evacuation but it's up to us to keep researching and read more to answer this mystery.
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