Qianlong

The Forbidden City - Nine Dragon Wall

I visited the Forbidden City in Beijing on the 14th of November 2011. The above picture displays the marvellous Nine Dragon Wall (九龙壁 – Jiǔ Lóng Bì). It was build in 1773 during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796). The screen was apparently built to provide privacy by blocking the view through the Gate of Imperial Supremacy into the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. Such walls also denied access to evil spirits, which must travel in straight lines.