First Saturday East Asian Program Series presents
A City within a City: Zijing Cheng, the Purple Forbidden City
a talk by: Francis Li
Frances Li will provide a visual, historical introduction to this distinctive complex in Beijing.
During both the Ming and Qing dynasties, the China's Imperial Palace in Beijing was known as The Purple Forbidden City. It is recognized as the world’s largest ancient palace of 178 acres with a history of almost 600 years. It was not only the living-quarters of the imperial house, but also the political center of the Chinese empire. The Zijin Cheng complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture with 26 ft. high vermilion walls and yellow glazed tiles and has influenced cultural as well as architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. It was designed as the heart of Beijing, a city which boasts a history of more than 3,000 years.
Free and Open to the Public
DATE: Saturday, June 1, 2013
LOCATION: PSU Urban Bldg Room 250 (506 SW Mill St.)
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Asian Studies and the First Saturday Program Committee.