Author(s): Mario Sabattini
Beijing is a repository of historical relics, its art and architecture providing visitors with a glimpse into Beijing's grand and glorious past. Elegantly presented in a handsome slipcase, this opulent volume takes readers on a memorable journey through Beijing's most important palaces, temples, and monuments. Hundreds of photographs and reproductions of murals, paintings, statues, and scrolls supplement an insightful text that places these artefacts in a historical context, providing a deeper understanding of the salient traits of each era and the historical figures behind each of the masterpieces illustrated in the book.A chapter on the Forbidden City presents a fascinating tour of the political centre of China during the mid-Ming and Qing dynasties. Photographs spotlight the wonders of the world's largest collection of wooden structures, including 17 palaces and numerous halls. The pavilions, towers, bridges, gardens, and extensive grounds of the Summer Palace are showcased in a chapter that walks us through this royal retreat. Other chapters highlight the Great Wall, the Temple of the Sky, and the imperial temples of Beijing. With its insightful text and superb photographs, this volume is an essential resource for students, art and archaeology enthusiasts, and travellers. It features: national and regional press; travel magazines; and off the page promotions linked with features on the 2008 Olympics.