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For decades, tourism in China has been all about mysteries and contrast, somewhere its romance and in other locations it is all about thrill, somewhere it is relaxing and on the other hand it is adventure. Every aspect of this county has its own charm and that alone has seen millions and millions of holidaymakers taking their flights to China. When you talk of major attractions, China probably has them all, and one such magnificent attraction is the Potala Palace.
Tracing its history back to 17th century and erected right at the heart of Potala hill in Tibet, this magical palace was built by King Songtan Gambo. It is magnificent both in beauty and size. It is divided into 2 main sections; The red Palace and The white Place. With its breathtaking and majestic splendors, the landmark has managed to impress people in within and without China. Built on a very steep hill and coming with artistically done 13-storey with over 999 rooms, it is practically hard to believe that this building was built hundreds of years ago.
A Trip to the Forbidden City in China will reveal to you why this palace happens to be one of the most important five palaces in the world.
Lying on an area of about 74 hectares the Forbidden City has 980 buildings, 90 courtyards and palaces. The construction of this massive palace began in the year 1407 and was completed in the year 1420; a total of 14 years.
The palace took quite a long time to be completed but we can understand why; the Forbidden City is a true reflection of China’s religious and philosophical principles. The palace was created to symbolize the majesty of emperor power; it was a home to 24 emperors of the Qing and Mind dynasties.
Security in the palace was tight with systems put in place to ensure there were no loopholes. Besides the powerful gates pierced on each side of the palace, the palace has a 10 meters defense wall around it. For more security, at every wall stands a watchtower which was heavily guarded in the past.
The emperor in the ancient times of china was believed to be a son of the Heaven upon whom supreme heavenly powers were bestowed. This royal palace was the emperors’ abode here on earth thus; no ordinary person was permitted to enter the palace without first seeking permission from the emperor. This is where it got its name; the Forbidden City.
If lately you have been going through China travel and guide magazines, it is very likely you have come across Terracotta Army. Ranked among some of most fascinating priceless cultural heritages in and around the world, these pieces of heritages have over the years seen thousands of people flocking China just for a glimpse of this world wonder. Here are some interesting facts about Terracotta Army.
1. Unearthed in 1974 by group of farmers. Terracotta army is currently one of the greatest architectural finds in modern history. Experts have estimated there are well over 8,000 solders, 670 horses and 130 chariots. As if that not even enough; the greatest mysteries of all time is yet to be revealed; the emperor’s tomb has not yet be opened.
2. It is approximated that well over 700,000 slave laborers were used in the construction of the tombs. It does not even stop thee; it is believed the whole construction took 40 years to be completed and the Terracotta army remained underground untouched for over two millenniums. Recently, more things such as musicians, acrobat and waterfowl have been uncovered.
3. Each soldier comes with distinct features. Every soldier is unique and there are no two soldiers that share the same features. It is just amazing how the sculptors managed to do that.
4. Soldier weapons were expertly preserved. On a rather interesting note; during excavation of the pits, archaeologists found a whooping 40,000 bronze weapons including arrowheads, crossbows, battle axes and spears. That is not even the main highlight; even after over 2 millenniums, thanks to protective chrome plating, these weapons remained perfectly preserved. That alone shown the kind of sophistication the ancient Chinese metallurgy had.
5. The location of Terracotta Army was not actually accidental; the ground where these structures lie has shown to have been one of the greatest sources of gold and jade.