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President evinces keen interest in world best preserved imperial palace

Islamabad, February 20, 2014 (PPI-OT): President Mamnoon Hussain here Thursday visited Forbidden City, a magnificent world’s largest and best preserved imperial palace. For five centuries, this palace functioned as the administrative centre of the country, the curator of the palace informed President.

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty, he said. Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 999 rooms and spread over a vast area.

The President recording his remarks in visitors’ book said that the architecture and the vast expanse of this palace was a marvel in itself, adding that it also illustrates the rich Chinese culture.

The President said that the visit helped him to know more about Chinese history and tradition, and that he will always remember the experience of visiting the Forbidden City.

The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient structures in the world. The President was accompanied by Ambassador Masood Khalid and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong and other members of the delegation.

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