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Forbidden City: Welcome

Masterpiece of the Ming

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The Forbidden City, a city within the city, and the Yongle emperor's crowning achievement, is almost to big to comprehend. The Yongle Emperor also sent out Zheng He and the Ming Treasure Fleet to exert China's superpower influence.

Chris Stewart from the History of China podcast returns to talk about the Forbidden City and the great navel voyages, while listener Jesse Oppenheim returns to discuss visiting the palace as well as sharing some Beijing taste treats, like Mao's favorite braised port belly.



Bedford, Donald. China (DK Eyewitness)
Fodor's Essential China

Haw, Stephen G. A Traveller's History of China
Humphreys, Andrew. Top 10 Beijing
Keay, John. China: a History
Wood, Michael. The Story of China: The Epic History of A World Power From the Middle Kingdom to Mao and the China Dream


Photograph by Asadal

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