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Art of China 13a. Qing Imperial Architecture


  1. List 2 features of the layout of the Forbidden City.
  2. Chinese imperial architecture is meant to create a heavenly abode for the emperor (the “Son of Heaven”) on earth. How is this connection with heaven facilitated by architectural design? Briefly explain using the examples introduced today.

Reading Assignment


  • Thorp, pp. 350-352


Key Works

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City - View from Coal Hill

Begun 1406, Ming dynasty

Gate of Heavenly Peace

Tiananmen beijing Panorama

Hall of Supreme Harmony

Forbidden City Courtyard
64 x 37 m, h. 27 m; height of platform 8.13 m


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