The Presidential Palace Nanjing

The Presidential Palace Nanjing

The Presidential Palace could be thought of as Nanjings version of the Forbidden City in Beijing with it once being home to emperors and political leaders. The palace was also the base for Dr Sat Yun Sen when he led the Kuomintang party to power in China. It was also the KMT’s headquarters from 1927 to 1949 from which it ruled the country until Mao Zhedong and the CCP took over control and declared Beijing as the capital.

Inside of the walls today still stands the imperial palaces and gardens built many years ago and also buildings added in the 1930’s that housed the revolutionary government.

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The Summer Palace Beijing

The Summer Palace Beijing

The Summer Palace is an imperial garden built by Emperor Qianlong in 1750 to celebrate his mothers birthday, it was later used as a garden where emperors and empresses would escape the heat of Beijing’s summers.

The palace covers a staggering 290 hectares featuring a massive lake, temples, halls, pavilions, corridors, towers which are decorated with fine stone, bronze sculptures and feature paintings, all amongst a garden of ancient pines and cypress trees.

A major feature of the Summer Palace is the man made Kunming Lake covering over 2 square kilometers and having three islands all connected via beautiful stone bridges.

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The Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Beijing

The Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Beijing

The Forbidden City was once the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and was originally constructed in early 1400’s. The city was once off limits to the general public and home to 24 successive emperors. Now, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world attracting over 7 million visitors a year.

It’s official name has been changed to the Palace Museum, but most people still refer to it as the Forbidden City.

The complete site occupies an area of over 720,000 square meters featuring nearly 10,000 buildings. It is also the largest collection of ancient buildings in China which are also the best preserved.

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