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A millenia worth of treasures

While the Forbidden Palace is approximately six hundred or so years old, its collection of treasures, accumulated by successive generations of emperors, dates back to as far back as the 10th century. So to say that the collection is considerable (about 1.8 million, to be closer to the correct figure) is perhaps an understatement. It's also worth noting that what forms the collection today doesn't include arguably the most valuable twenty percent as those had been carted off to Taiwan in 1948 during the Chinese Civil war. Like any major collection, only a small proportion (only about four hundred) is on display at any one time. These are divided into several galleries located amongst a number of galleries located in the Inner Court of the Forbidden City. Admission to the galleries requires a separate ticket, but visitors will still be fairly impressed by the seemingly-endless corridors of paintings, clocks and timepieces, jewellery (especially jade), ceramics, bronzeware, and religious pieces. The sheer scale of the exhibits can sometimes be a little overwhelming but I couldn't help feeling that the curating could have been improved with more explanatory signs (preferably in several languages).!!! #themepark#zoo#nationalpark#lakes
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