What was life really like behind the walls of the Forbidden City? How did those of the imperial court fare under the relentless rule of emperors? What did it look like for the birds and insects who could freely enter the palace doors?
Wu Yang invites us all to explore the largest palace on earth in his illustrated book, My Tour of the Forbidden City. At times reimagining himself as an ant, Yang takes us through all four corners of the palace.
Catch a glimpse into the mystical palace and mysterious imperial grounds that the ordinary eye could not look into for centuries. With pages of intricate drawings and easy-to-read sentences, you won’t be able to stop flipping through as Yang covers the palace from gate to gate and garden to garden.
His illustrations give us an unobscured look behind the palace gates, from the culture embedded in its architectural intricacies to its living historical treasures.
He recreates scenes of imperial power and fear, with short accounts of what life was like for eunuchs and prisoners alike. He also poses anachronistic “What if?” scenarios: how would life be different if emperors had TV sets, for example?
This book is a creative and fun way for kids and adults alike to explore history and culture with imagination. It not only depicts the Forbidden City in all its glory, but reveals the secrets of what was once the heart of imperial power for 500 years of Chinese history.
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