Sunday, May 15, 2011
China - Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
Interior of Imperial Palace.
Sent by Sun, a postcrosser from Beijing, China.
The Imperial Palaces bear exceptional testimony to Chinese civilization, being true reserves of landscapes, architecture, furnishings and objects of art, as well as containing exceptional evidence to the living traditions and the customs of shamanism practised by the Manchu people for centuries. They illustrate the grandeur of the imperial institution from the Qing dynasty to the earlier Ming and Yuan dynasties, as well as Manchu traditions, and present evidence on the evolution of this architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries.