Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific

Posted on 09/04/2014


Photo taken on August 23, 2014


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1/350th
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DOF view of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, in 1/350th scale

DOF view of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, in 1/350th scale
Forbidden City, or the former Imperial Palace of China, was built in the 1400s using mostly wood, tiles and marble. It is the largest surviving royal palace in the world, covering an area of 720,000 square meters (178 acres). The 980 buildings of the Forbidden City have a combined floorspace of 1,614,600 feet² (150,001 m²) and contain roughly 9,000 rooms.

The entire palace is now a museum.

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When my brother's family visited us a few weeks ago, we went to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), which was hosting a special exhibition from Beijing's Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace of China). The exhibition itself forbids photography (why do you think it's called Forbidden City?), but not for this 1/350th scale-model of the entire palace itself

I was lucky enough to have visited the palace in 1986 in person, but I actually didn't realise how massive the palace is, until I see this scale-model. I do remember we walked and walked all day and didn't finish seeing all the buildings, courts, gardens, temples, and furnishings of the palace.

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Marcel Dekker, one42chrisp have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Jorlam
Jorlam
excellent shot in a museum setting - not always the most photogenic of places...
3 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to Jorlam
Thank you Jorlam! Indeed. The model is under poor lighting, plus it's under a plexiglass case. And I don't have steady hands so I can't do hand-held long exposures well.
3 years ago.
one42chrisp
one42chrisp
Very interesting shots, Swire!
3 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to one42chrisp
Thank you Chris P. Have you been to Beijing before?
3 years ago.
one42chrisp has replied to Canadian Pacific
No Swire, I've only been to HK, that was back when it was still British in 1996 :-)
3 years ago.
Canadian Pacific has replied to one42chrisp
You made it just in the nick of time (for BRITISH Hong Kong and for Kai Tak), Chris : P!
3 years ago.
one42chrisp has replied to Canadian Pacific
Yes :D
3 years ago.