Forbidden Palace section to open

This item appears on page 56 of the May 2019 issue.

At the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, China, the Qianlong Garden section will open to the public for the first time in 2020 (the Forbidden City’s 600th anniversary). Built in the late 18th century as a retirement home for the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799), the 2-acre section has numerous gardens, pavilions and courtyards and includes original art and furnishings.

This section of the Forbidden City had been mostly unoccupied since 1924 and needed significant repairs and restoration, which were undertaken by a team from China’s Palace Museum with assistance from the World Monuments Fund. Because it is relatively untouched, the Qianlong Garden is a rare example of authentic Imperial Chinese art and architecture.

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