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The Huge Stone Carving

The Huge Stone Carving in Frobidden CityBehind the Hall of Preserving Harmony, between the stair-ways, is a huge one piece marble carving of dragons playing with pearls.

This marble was brought here all the way from Fangshan District, about 70 Km away from Beijing city proper.

It is about 17 metres long, 3 metres wide and 1.7 metres thick, weighing about 250 tons.

In the Ming and Qing dynasties, anyone who was caught touching this holy stone could be executed.

Without any modern means of transportation, you can imagine how difficult it was for the Chinese labourers to transport such a huge piece of stone here!

For every half kilometre, wells were dug and water was pumped out onto the road to ice it up so that the stone could be slid over the ice. In summer, however, rolling logs were used.

Nothing was impossible for the Chinese!

Nothing was too extravagant for the emperor-the Son of Heaven!

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-- Hall and the Courtyard of Supereme Harmony
-- Meridian Gate
-- Hall of Supreme Harmony
-- Hall of Complete Harmony
-- Hall of Preserving Harmony
-- Huge Stone Carving
-- Hall of Clocks and Watches
-- Treasure Hall
-- Hall of Mental Cultivation

-- Six Western Palaces
-- Six Eastern Palaces
-- Palace of Heavenly Purity
-- Hall of Union
-- Palace of Earthly Tranquility
-- Imperial Garden
-- Nine Dragon Screen
-- Mysteries of the Palace Roofs
-- The Legend of Wacth Towers

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