Sep 12

Emperors and Concubines

While we know it today for it’s magnificent blue and white porcelain, the Ming Dynasty is credited with closing off China from the rest of the world, putting an end to over a thousand years of¬†cultural and economic exchange along the Silk Road. It was the Ming Emperor Zhu Di who moved the capital to Beijing and built the Forbidden City with it’s sprawling palace complex, wall and moat. The largest building of this Chang tomb is equal in size to the largest building in the Forbidden City, yet it was made entirely with sacred Sandalwood and without the use of nails. In life, Emperor Zhu Di had sixteen concubines, he took them with him in death.¬†Construction dates from 1409 AD.

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