Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China Part – I

Asia | | August 6, 2009 at 7:00 am


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China with its wide-ranging topography, climate and brilliant history is a sure-fire formula for a magnanimous holiday.

A famed Chinese adage seen on the Great Wall goes that ‘ He Who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a Real Man’, is rightly said so having a rich history tracing back to more than 2000years with an indubitable reputation of being the longest fortification wall worldwide and the sole man-made object observable from the moon. Also called the Ten Thousand Mile Wall, this commanding symbol of primeval Chinese civilization commences at Jianyuguan Pass on the West and ends in the east at the Shanhaiguan Pass with the part located at Badaling being highly famed as it is closely placed to Beijing City and well-preserved. The striking Badaling Great Wall in Yanqing County, Beijing, is symbolic of the haughty eminence of the olden Chinese labour class and perched on the crest of unbounded precipitous mountains proffering fine views.

forbidden city

The rectangle shaped Imperial palace also called Gugong or Forbidden City built between the years 1406-1420 was the former royal residency of 24 kings of the Ming and Ching Dynasty holding more than 9,000 rooms full of invaluable artefacts.

On passing through the entrance, Wu Gate, a belt-like simulated river passes in the east-west direction throughout the first square called the Golden Water River over which are built five marble bridges, with the central one exclusively for the emperor, the left bridge for civil and armed officers and the right bridge for the regal kin, which was strictly adhered to at the time.

forbidden city

Moving ahead one comes across the Gate of Supreme Harmony adorned by two bronze lion statues’ standing ahead of it that is the front entrance for the three halls on the outside. The flooring of the gate comprises of golden bricks leading to the 30,000 square metres Square of Supreme Harmony. The hall lying opposite the gate is the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

A straight path in the middle part of the square was meant exclusively by the king with either sides of the path covered with fifteen strata of randomly placed bricks. On every level of the veranda on the square are eighteen huge copper stoves depicting the number of provinces during the time that were used to burn sandalwood in every ostentatious service.


The emperor’s golden dragon chair lies on a podium at the middle of the Hall of Supreme Harmony. The second and smallest hall called the Hall of Central Harmony, the emperor’s resting area, lies in the middle of the three halls. The third hall that lies in the outer court is called the Hall of Preserved Harmony.

The 120,000square meters spanning Imperial Garden is an enchanting sight with its twenty architectural marvels and rare flora. A true treat for all senses rightly called the City within City.

Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China Part – II

Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China Part – III

Splendour Beyond The Great Wall Of China – Part IV

Splendour Beyond The Great wall Of China – Part V

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