Facade Painting Inside The Forbidden City In Beijing
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The symmetrical layout of the Forbidden City in Beijing has its roots in traditional Confucian culture as well as �the union of human being and nature�. While the main frames of all palaces are built of wood, the richly decorated beams and columns are the most important elements, while the walls have an auxiliary function. The colorful painted structures mainly depict dragon patterns, which represent the emperors, as well as phoenixes, which stand for empresses in the kingdom. These intricate designs create a mythical atmosphere for the palaces in addition to their decorative functions, showing the highest technical and artistic achievements of traditional Chinese architecture.
November 5th, 2008
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