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Forbidden Palace Moat

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The Palace Moat, Tongzi River, and residential homes Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden Palace moat that served as the last defense of Chinese emperors since the Yongle reign of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) is known as Tongzi He (the Pipe River). The moat surrounds The Forbidden City (Tongzi River), with trees covering the wall of The Forbidden City on one side and houses on the other. This fine art photograph shows the ancient places on the outer wall of the Forbidden City palace moat. The water still creates a perfect mirror reflection of the trees and old residential houses and buildings.

What is the name of the moat that surrounds the forbidden palace in Beijing?

The palace moat is 3,300 meters long and fifty-two meters wide at its widest point. Today the river that encompasses the Forbidden City moat is called the Tongzi River. However, the Tongzi river had many names: Jinshui (Gold Water River), Yu (Jade River), or Yu He (Imperial River). But local residents in the vicinity call it the Pipe River as it once supplied fresh, clean water to the palace.


© Dan Kosmayer, 2015

All images are original and have been taken by Dan Kosmayer.

All my fine art prints are available as limited edition prints ONLY, professionally printed on Hahnemuhle fine art - archival museum grade paper. Each artwork is limited to 50 editions in each size, signed and numbered on the reverse of the photograph. And it is also accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Print only (unframed).

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