The Gate of Divine Prowess reflected in the Palace Moat (Tongzi He) that surrounds the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Contributor:Paul Springett 10 / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:2851 x 4286 px | 24.1 x 36.3 cm | 9.5 x 14.3 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:10 August 2011
Location:Peoples Republic of China, Beijing, The Forbidden City.
The moat surrounding the Forbidden City excavated during the Yongle reign of the Ming Dynasty is known as Tongzi He (the Pipe River) by local people. The Gate of Divine Might or Gate of Divine Prowess (神武門, Shénwǔmén, Shenwumen) is the northern gate of the Forbidden City. Facing Jingshan Park a tablet above the doorway reads "The Palace Museum" in Chinese. The Forbidden City (紫禁城, Zijin Cheng - "Purple Forbidden City" was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.