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Notes on the Geography of China: The Grand Axis of Imperial Beijing: Photo 34

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An old, vandalized master is still on display, dusty but emotive proof that ruins can be more evocative than shiny replacements.

Recommended reading on the architecture of the Forbidden City: Ru Jinghua and Peng Hualiang, Ancient Chinese Architecture: Palace Architecture, Springer-Verlag, 1998; and Yu Zhuoyun, Palaces of the Forbidden City, Viking, 1982. For Chinese architecture more generally, see Nancy Steinhart, ed., Chinese Architecture, Yale, 2002; and Liang Ssu-ch'eng, A Pictorial History of Chinese Architecture, MIT Press, 1984. For broader descriptions of the city, see L.C. Arlington's and William Lewisohn's still useful In Search of Old Peking, 1935 (reprinted by Oxford, 1987); Frank Dorn's The Forbidden City, Scribner's, 1970; and Susan Naquin's highly specialized Peking: Temples and City Life: 1400-1900, University of California Press, 2000.

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