On July 19th 2023 , the multilingual website of the Forbidden City Palace Museum- Beijing, China, People’s Republic of Chinawas officially released at the Digital Cultural Tourism Development Forum of the 2023 China Internet Civilization Conference! The website covers five languages: English, French, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish, and will meet the needs of audiences with different languages.
The multilingual website of the Palace Museum is committed to establishing an international website that is concise, clear, easy to use for overseas audiences, and fits the construction of the modern civilization of the Chinese nation, including tour guides, information, panoramic tours, online exhibitions, collection appreciation, cultural topics, etc. Rich immersive content describing of the most detail collection that housed within the Forbidden City collection….
Forbidden City Ginkgo is about to turn yellow, looking forward to a #Forbidden City dyed with golden color ! Fall in love with the Forbidden City
During the Qianlong reign of the Qing Dynasty, there was a special chime made of jasper depicting golden clouds and dragon patterns. After Emperor Qianlong cast the bell, in order to complete the ritual and music system, he also added a set of twelve special chimes in the same year, one for each, and they were used in the same way as the bell. The special chime is made of a whole piece of Xinjiang Hotan jasper and is crafted by Suzhou jade craftsmen. The body of the chime is obtuse-angled rectangular, with both sides decorated with golden clouds and dragon patterns. The gold and green contrast with each other, and the decoration is gorgeous. On the left and right sides of the upper part of the stand are phoenix heads. The page board is decorated with phoenixes pierced by peony patterns, and the lower part supports a reclining duck.
There are twelve special chimes in a set, corresponding to the twelve rhythms made in the Qing Dynasty. The pitch is adjusted by the size of the chime body. The larger the chime, the lower the pronunciation. Each chime is hung separately, so it is called special chime. When used, different special chimes are chosen according to the rules for each month, such as “Taicu” corresponding to the first month, and so on. The use of special chimes reflects the political concept of Emperor Qianlong advocating Confucian ritual and music education.
Daju, who was covered in autumn fat, couldn’t resist the howling autumn wind and started playing “hide and seek” under the stone fence. This weekend, have you decided where to go to “cat”?
Yellow satin embroidered cloud and dragon pattern (replica). Hui was the commanding tool of Heshao music in court performances in the Qing Dynasty. When the music was under his command, the music was composed, and when it was under his command, the music stopped. The main body of the robe is made of bright yellow cloud satin, embroidered with colorful rising dragons, clouds and fire beads. The upper part is made of blue satin, embroidered with nebulae. In the middle is the sun wheel, with the word “中和” embroidered on it. The lower end is embroidered with seawater and river cliffs. The upper and lower parts of the muzzle are pierced with gold-painted crossbars, with double dragons carved on the upper part and landscapes carved on the lower part. The harem is hung on a red pole, the end of the pole is decorated with a copper-plated dragon head, and the lower part is inserted into a gold-lacquered wooden base. The chariot shown in the picture is a replica, and the red pole and stand are left over from the Qing palace.
The drum is built with gold lacquer and colorful paintings of clouds and dragons. Jiangu originated very early and was relatively mature in the Eastern Zhou Dynasty at the latest. It is a “leather” musical instrument in the ancient eight-tone classification. The drum used in Zhonghe Shao music in the Qing Dynasty has a long and round drum body, a large drum body, and the whole body is painted with gold paint. Both sides are decorated with two gold-plated copper dragons holding copper rings.
Both ends are covered with leather and painted with cloud and dragon patterns. There is a vertical pillar running through the middle of the drum body, with a hood on it, curved beams hanging down on all sides, and a golden dragon carved on the top. The cover is also covered with yellow satin embroidered with clouds and dragon patterns. There is a golden Luan bird on the top of the cover. The drum is supported by a cross-shaped bracket and is engraved with cloud patterns. There are four pedestals under the pillar, and lions are carved on the four legs. The four-cornered dragon’s mouth, golden luan, and copper ring all hang with colorful silk tassels. When playing, beat the drum as the starting and ending rhythm of the phrase. At the end of each sentence, beat the drum and all the music will stop; hit the drum again and all the music will resume.
introduced the ancients’ love for roasted pears . In addition to fire roasting, there are frozen pears in cold northern areas, which are frozen pears. “Jilin Tongzhi” Volume 33 “Shi Huo Zhi 6” records, “It is as hard as a stone. Soak it with water. The cold air will melt inside and ice chips will form on the outside. Shake it with your hands and it will crack like a shell. Remove the shell. And when you make it complex and suck it, it is extremely sweet.” For the royal family of the Qing Dynasty, which originated between the white mountains and black waters, frozen pears were an unforgettable taste of hometown, and they were often listed as tributes in the Qing palace archives.
Qing Dynasty, wooden color painting Xiaozhu (zhù). It is made of wood, shaped like a square bucket, wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. The inner wall is painted black, the outer wall is painted with patterns, and the frame and Xumi base are painted in gold. There is a round hole in the middle of one side of the pail, and a corresponding drum-shaped bulge of the same size in the middle of the inner wall, which is the part where the sound is produced when struck. The striking tool of the 柷 is called “Zhi”, which is an octagonal mallet with a long handle. The 混 is one of the musical instruments played in the palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. When the “band conductor” is raised, the performer taps the inner wall of the instrument three times with a mallet, and the music begins
This green gauze gown with clouds, bats, and golden dragon patterns was introduced in Let’s Read the Calendar Together on November 10th. The audience in the comment area was very interested in the details of the clothing. Let’s follow the high-definition picture. , appreciate the beauty of the details of this court gown!
This gown was worn by the concubines of the Qing Dynasty when celebrating grand ceremonies. It is slightly shorter than the court robe and is worn over the court robe. The gown has a round collar, double lapel, sleeves, and left and right trains. The whole body is decorated with colorful silk and gold embroidery patterns, with two flat gold embroidered dragons on the chest and back. The embroidered seawater cliff is densely covered with colorful clouds and the word “囍” pattern, which is suitable for the wedding..
Qing Dynasty, wooden color painting (yǔ). It is made of wood and looks like a crouching tiger. The surface is decorated with tiger stripes and the bottom is decorated with a golden lacquered footrest. There is a groove in the middle of the tiger’s back, and twenty-seven rectangular pieces of painted wood are planted in a group. Two ears protrude from one side of the seat, which are used to place Ao’s shooting tool (zhēn). It is made from a bamboo tube, which is split and separated into twenty-four thin bamboo strips. When playing, the performer uses the laini to scrape the discord and make sounds. The 攔 is one of the musical instruments played in Zhonghe Shao music in the Ming and Qing dynasties. When the music is about to end, the sound of “waiting” is used as the ending sound, and then the bow is put down and the performance is finished
The air is cold and it is snowing, but the autumn scenery is still there. A cloud of “light snow” has already fallen on the red wall. Will the First Snow in the Forbidden City be far behind this winter? Today 小雪 爱Forbidden city…..
Gold lacquer painted cloud and dragon pattern bo (bó) suo (fǔ). The drum is as small as a drum, with a leather-covered drum surface and painted double dragons. The whole body is painted with gold paint, and there are two gold-plated copper dragons on it, each holding a copper ring to tie the bright yellow velvet. The drum is usually placed on a wooden golden lacquered footrest. During the performance, the player hangs the drum around his neck with a velvet (xún) and beats the drum head with both hands. The Bohuo was also a special instrument used in the Qing Dynasty’s court performances and Shao music. It was used in conjunction with the Jiangu. The Jiangu struck once and the Bohuo played twice to match the festival.
Qing Dynasty, black paint painted clouds and dragon patterns. The harp is a traditional Chinese plucked string instrument, shaped like a harp, also made of paulownia wood, with twenty-five strings. Each string is equipped with a movable post to adjust the pitch. The longer the vibrating section of the string, the lower the pronunciation. The harp is often compared with the harp, collectively known as “harp”. In comparison, the zither is larger in size and louder in volume; with more strings, the timbre changes more. The musical instruments used in the Qing court and Shao music also included the harp and the harp. The zi shown in the picture, whether it is the decoration or the wooden and gold-lacquered bracket, maintains the same style as Jiangu, Bohu,
Gourd is homophonic to “Fu Lu” and is a symbol of wealth, longevity, good luck and peace. The body of this pair of golden Daji gourd hanging screens has a silk pattern of ancient money as the base. The circular consecrated center is inlaid with the regular script “Daji” in regular script with lapis lazuli, and is surrounded by jade, turquoise, tourmaline and other gems. They are currently on display in the exhibition 西伊华堂 at the Prince Gong’s Mansion Museum . The exhibition will be on display until November 25th, so go and have a look!
Qing Dynasty, celebrations, etc., wedding celebrations, imperial edicts, banquet etiquette pictures. After the emperor’s wedding celebrations, he would issue an imperial edict to inform the world of the happy event. This picture is from the album “Pictures of Ceremonies for Celebrations, Edicts and Banquets”. The officials of the Ministry of Rites took out the edict from the Hall of Supreme Harmony. The staff of the Ministry of Rites placed the cloud disk containing the edict in the Dragon Pavilion. They were escorted by Lieutenant Luan Yiwei and led by the honor guard band. They carried it to the yellow table on the Tiananmen Gate Tower and announced the edict. The official read out the contents of the edict in both Manchu and Chinese languages. After that, the edict officer placed the edict in a cloud disk, tied the cloud disk with a colorful rope, and hung it in the mouth of the golden phoenix in the middle of the Tiananmen Gate Tower. The colorful rope was relaxed to make the cloud disk slowly fall down, which means that the edict fell from the sky. , is the will of God. The edict was then placed in the Dragon Pavilion, carried to the Ministry of Rites, engraved and printed, and issued to the world. This is a picture of the issuance of an imperial edict, showing officials from the Ministry of Rites kneeling to receive the edict.
Finally waited for the golden color of ginkgo! In the cold wind of early winter, recycle a curtain of bright autumn colours that are “returning for a limited time…
Qing Dynasty, celebrations, etc., wedding celebrations, imperial edicts, banquet etiquette pictures. After the emperor’s wedding, the emperor held a state banquet in the Hall of Supreme Harmony to thank the queen’s father, brothers, family members, princes, ministers, and foreign envoys. This was the most lively and festive occasion in the entire wedding. This picture is the banquet scene in the eighth volume of Emperor Guangxu’s “Wedding Pictures” “Celebrations, Edicts, and Banquet Etiquette Pictures.” At noon on the fifth day of February in the fifteenth year of Guangxu’s reign (1889), the emperor came to the Hall of Supreme Harmony and rewarded the queen’s father and his family members. The emperor’s banquet table is set in front of the throne in the Hall of Supreme Harmony; the banquet tables for his stepfather and princes are set up on the east and west sides of the throne; the banquet tables for first- and second-rank civil and military ministers, Mongolian princes and other officials are set up in the Hall of Taihe; There are banquet tables for the nobles and guards of the second rank and above; on the left and right of His Majesty Dan, there are banquet tables for the civil and military officials below the third rank and the family members of his father-in-law….
Images and visuals are from – Forbidden City –Palace Museum Beijing- China –People’s Republic of China…..