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A Remarkable Tour of China's Forbidden City

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A Remarkable Tour of China's Forbidden City

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Craftsman still use traditional methods to maintain the Forbidden City. Many of these methods are still closely guarded secrets.

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Explore the origins of the Forbidden City, the savage and self-appointed emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ordered its construction, and the architect whose cosmic vision brought ritualistic significance to every detail. The greatest palace ever built was constructed with miraculous speed but harbored fatal flaws and became marked by a devastating fire that foreshadowed the city's ultimate fate-and that of the Ming Dynasty.

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