China - Beijing - Peking - 北京 - Forbidden City - Palace Museum - UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Less usual view of Forbidden Palace, I was waiting for the lights to come up over palaces of Forbidden City after sunset, however only the main gate was lit with not very strong light. I had to set much more sensitive setting to get more colors out of the Forbidden city. Very top of the photo is rather bright from the traffic on the other side of the palace. I do like the way the photo came up.
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens’s focal length: 70.00 - 200.00 mm; Focal length: 127.00 mm; Aperture: 7.1; Exposure time: 32.0 s; ISO: 320
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