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.
The Reign of the Concubine, Part 2
This is the story of Cixi, who, using charisma, political shrewdness, and manipulation, governed the Forbidden City through the latter half of the 19th century.
The Center of the World, Part 1
Explore the origins of the Forbidden City, the savage and self-appointed emperor of the Ming Dynasty.