Only in the vast imperial palace complex of the Forbidden City "could I imagine that the city surrounding it was unchanged," Kidd wrote in his memoir "Peking Story." The Forbidden City, which turns 600 this year, was carefully designed to conjure such an illusion. Even as recently as the mid-20th century, the fate of the Forbidden City looked far from secure. A corner tower of Beijing's Forbidden City, which is surrounded by a moat known as the Tongzi River. This image, captured circa 1965, shows the gateway to the Imperial City, which contains the Forbidden City.
Source: CNN September 19, 2020 00:56 UTC