China's Forbidden City

China's Forbidden City

In the heart of Beijing lies the largest palace in the world, The Forbidden City. For five hundred years, it served as the home of the almighty Emperors of China along with their wives, concubines, and entourages of tens of thousands of eunuchs and civil servants. But the Forbidden City is more than an imperial residence; it is the center of the universe, a unique complex of structures revealing a hierarchy of power both imperial and divine.

An Heir to the Throne

When Yehenara gave birth to a son in 1856, she became the second most powerful woman in the Forbidden City.