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China's 600-Year-Old Forbidden City Comes Alive Online


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Forbidden City

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China's 600-year-old Forbidden City is renovating its Web site in a move to improve its offerings of Chinese culture. According to Hu Chui, head of the Palace Museum's information department, the new Web site will launch during the National Day Festival in early October.

"It will give visitors richer and easier access to the imperial city, and the ancient building complex with as many as 8,707 rooms and 1.5 million artistic articles," said Hu, who is leading a team of 60 to boost the museum's digital display. The Forbidden City is the world's largest surviving imperial palace complex and served as the home of the emperor and his household, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government, from 1420 to the early 20th century.

"The new Web site is restructured to meet the different demands of laymen, researchers and academics," Hu said. Visitors can expect tens of thousands of pictures in refined quality with explanatory introductions; researchers can have access to the museum's academic research findings in a database; children will find quiz games that teach basic knowledge about ancient China.

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