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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE IETH8RIDGE HERAID Wodncietny, Aurjuil 30, 197J-------------- The forbidden city Where emperors once r PEKING (AIM The old man leaned ngainst a marble column of camxl dragons mxl phoenixes and looked a cross t ho vast stone pla t wl courtyard lo the Hall of Su- premo Harmony. His daughter explained: "My father is 87 years olil and ivc live a thousand kilo- i n ef res a ay i n S tiaut u tig province. He was born in the limes of Imperial China, but tliis is Ins first visit lo Pe- king." She was trailed by other members of Ilic family among thousands of Chinese tourists visiting the Imperial City that tiny. Mast of the Imperial City, once the forbidden city, is wide for Chinese visitors and the few foreigners who reach Ihe Chinese capital. Tho colossal gales, vast prey, .stone-pavtxl walled c o u i I y a r d s the vaulted marble bridges and delicate palace buildings with colored tile roofs, evoke a feeling of the power that was. once on these grounds, when emperors of the Ching and Ming dynasties ruled in iso- lated splendor. Tho main parts of the Im- perinl City are almost un- changed since 1V21, when the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Yung l-o. declared Peking complete as his new capital. Until (il yenrs ago Ihe palaces were still in full use, resisting the changes of time until a democratic revo- games luUon overthrew the rule of the Miinchu or Ching dy- nasty. After several years of ex- tensive restoration work, tlic main parts of the palace rim visited from dawn to dusk. Among tlie off-limits sections ;ire (lie quarters of an army unit, the corner where Com- munist party Chairman Mao lias his official residence and where he received U.S. Presi- dent Nixon, and some build- ings and courts where resto- ration work still is under way. The visitor takes Ihe same road that was once the most i m p o r t a n t in Imperial right to the centre of power in the Inner Citv. COMING MERGER or oil-rich Libya and modern Egypt likely will result In a strong Arab nation. Each has something the other needs, nioncy ami modernization. The rectangular pattern of the Imperial City is split from south lo north hy the processional v.'ay on which the palace huilciings sit like the bones of a spine. KMPKHOKS ONLY 111 Imperial days only the emperors, carried in sedan chairs, proceeded through the central arches. Others came through side doors and (ell on their knees as soon as they approached the Inner City, making the rest of the way on ail fours and raising their heads only if questioned hy the emperor. Today anyone can start with a stroll across the veal new Tien An Men Palace to- ward the Gate o' Heavenly Peace. Thb nrcri can accom- modate almost a million people during May Day anil national holidays. Tlie quar- ter-niilc-long modern Imild- ings of the museum and the Great Hail of the People com- pete in size with the colos-sal gale of Heavenly Peace or Tien An Men. There Mao Tsc- tunR proclaimed the People's Itepuhlic of China on Oct. 1, W19. The ends in the colos- sal U-shapc of the Meridian Gale, from whose parapet emperors sometimes received grovelling envoys hearing trihulo from faraway vassal stales. Where ambassadors prostrated themselves once, children now play ball. Under tlie 35-fool walls around the Inner City, Peking citizens do physical exercises at dawn. 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