December 11, 2013

Forbidden City, Beijing

Photograph by Lucas Vallecillos, VWPics/Redux

Built in the 15th century, the Forbidden City was the seat of power during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Here, the 180-acre imperial compound is seen from Beijing's Jingshan Park.

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