A 3-dimensional virtual world where visitors from around the world can experience the Forbidden City in Beijing
Version:The Virtual Forbidden City is an immersive, 3-dimensional virtual world where you can interact with visitors from around the world and celebrate and explore aspects of Chinese culture and history. You can explore the magnificient palace as it was during the Qing dynasty, which ruled from 1644 until 1912, the end of the Imperial period in China.
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The Forbidden City was created to embody the idea of the emperor as the center of the universe, and to evoke a visceral sense of his power. This huge palace complex was completed in 1420 and covers more than 72 hectares (178 acres).
It contains hundreds and hundreds of exquisite buildings and historic artifacts. Now, using virtual world technology, you can experience the awe inspired by this vast and amazing space. And rather than experiencing its wonders in isolation, the Virtual Forbidden City allows you to see and interact with other users and a range of helpful automated characters.
As you explore the Virtual Forbidden City, you can choose to just observe the buzz of activity, or you can even take tours and participate in activities that will provide insights into important aspects of Qing culture.
While it provides an immersive and compelling experience in its own right, the Virtual Forbidden City also provides an unequalled way to plan a visit to the Palace Museum in Beijing, as the Forbidden City is now known.
If you are lucky enough to be able to visit the Palace Museum, you will be much better able to find your way and to understand the significance of places and things that you encounter because of your experiences in the Virtual Forbidden City.
Given the depth and longevity of Chinese history and culture, the Virtual Forbidden City can only begin to reveal the countless amazing stories that can be told. Hopefully, your explorations here will encourage you to learn more about what you encounter, and to continue to return to the Virtual Forbidden City to discover things that you haven't yet experienced.
The Virtual Forbidden City provides several tools to aid in your exploration, although your own sense of curiosity will always serve you best. Don't hesitate to move through the Virtual Forbidden City looking for areas of interest and clicking your mouse to see if more information is available.
As you explore, there are many ways to gain a deeper understanding of the things that you encounter. Many of the most impressive artifacts and buildings have additional information and even photos available to provide a deeper understanding of their purpose and construction: when available, the information is only a mouse-click away. To get an even closer look at the intricate details of select items, you can virtually hold a copy of them in your hands.
Save and Share
While exploring a place as large as the Virtual Forbidden City, you're likely to encounter more wonderful things than you can remember. Just as you record memories of any place that you visit, registered users of the Virtual Forbidden City can save photos, places and items that they've enjoyed.
Once saved, they can be revisited as often as you like and even shared with friends. There's a thriving online community featuring a photo gallery where, if you choose, your pictures taken within the Virtual Forbidden City will be available for all to see.