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Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1625-26-1783
Date of Inscription: 1987, 2004
Location: Asia, China, Beijing and Shenyang
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Description: The Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties site was inscribed in 1987 and the Shenyang section has been inscribed as an extension to this previous site; the property is now known as the Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang. Constructed between 1625-26 and 1783 the Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang composed of 114 buildings. The site houses an important library and bears witness to a different China; a China ruled by its last dynasty, a time before the capital was moved to Beijing as the centre of the country saw an expansion of power. The site’s palace then became auxiliary to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. This astonishing architectural construction presents significant historical testimony to the history of the Qing Dynasty as well as to the cultural traditions of the Manchu and other northern Chinese tribes. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Mukden Palace (Simplified Chinese: 盛京宫殿; Traditional Chinese: 盛京宮殿; pinyin: Shěngjīng Gōngdiàn) or Shenyang Gugong (Simplified Chinese: 沈阳故宫; Traditional Chinese: 瀋陽故宮; pinyin: Shěnyáng Gùgōng), also known as the Shenyang Imperial Palace, is the former imperial palace of the early Qing Dynasty (1616 - 1910) of China. It was built in 1625 and the first three Qing emperors lived there from 1625 to 1644. It is located in the center of the city of Mukden, Manchuria (Shenyang, China). --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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