The Palace Museum was the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Built on the Central Axis of Beijing, it is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and one of the world's largest and most intact ancient wooden structures.
The red walls and yellow roof tiles contrast with the blue sky to create a beauty that is also profoundly cultural and historical. As a national treasure and home to priceless artworks and artifacts, the Palace Museum is a must-see for tourists in all seasons.
(Text and photos by Wei Yao)
Copyedited by G.P. Wilson
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