In The Forbidden City

In the forbidden cityAccompanied by a mischievous cat, readers will tour the Forbidden City, which was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. Intricately detailed, delicate line drawings of buildings, gardens, courtyards, emperors, empresses, and even modern-day tourists illustrate exciting tales of architecture, history, and art. Engaging text, fun cartoons, and dialog bubbles present 600 years of Chinese rulers, including Empress Dowager Cixi, the powerful and charismatic woman who controlled the Manchu Qing dynasty for 47 years. Relevant information about events in the world at large is included to provide historical context. For example, the Garden of the Palace of Tranquil Longevity was completed in 1776, the same year as another big event – the creation of the United States of America. Several grand foldout spreads emphasize the size of the 178 acre complex, and a plastic magnifying glass is wisely provided for spending hours scrutinizing the wealth of visual detail. mjw
Title: In the Forbidden City
Author: Chiu Kwong-Chiu
Illustrator
: Design and Cultural Studies Workshop
Publisher
: China Institute in America, New York
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: Chinese
Translator
: Ben Wang
ISBN
: 978-0-9893776-0-7
Hardcover pages
: 52
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Nonfiction picture book
Book setting
: Beijing, China
Author’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Author’s residence
: Hong Kong
Subjects
: Architecture, Art, Emperors, Empresses, Forbidden City, History, Palaces

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