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    China: The Forbidden City of Beijing illuminated for its 600 years

    China: The Forbidden City of Beijing illuminated for its 600 years

    The Forbidden City of Beijing, which will celebrate its 600 years next year, was dressed on Tuesday evening a dress of light for the first show of illuminations in its history, admired by a few thousand lucky.


    "Five, four, three, two, one..." At 6:30 pm, at night just fell, a countdown resumed in the heart by the crowd preceded the lighting of the door of Le Meridien, the huge red walled rampart that gives access to the ancient palace of the emperors of China.

    In a magic of colors and lasers streaking the sky, the golden roofs of the ancient city were illuminated in unseen colors, while visitors wandered in a mysterious darkness.

    The show, which will not be permanent, was organized on the occasion of the Lantern Festival, falling two weeks after the Chinese New Year. To mark the occasion, hundreds of red lanterns were hung all along the endless ramparts that form a rectangle of 960 meters by 750 meters.

    To limit the number of visitors, the museum had distributed 3000 free tickets online for the evening of Tuesday, a drop of water for a capital that has more than 21 million inhabitants.

    The request was such that the tickets were gone in a few minutes and the museum's website broke down.

    On Xianyu, an online sales site for second-hand goods, tickets went on Tuesday afternoon at around 1000 yuan ($ 195), some of whom did not hesitate to offer up to 5000 yuan ($ 980).

    Built in the space of 14 years, the Forbidden City was completed in 1420. It housed the emperors of the last two Chinese dynasties, those of the Ming and Qing, to the last of them, Puyi, a child of three years overthrown by the revolution of 1911.

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