Inside the China Forbidden City Part II : The emperor’s day

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For ancient Chinese emperors, life in the Forbidden City was not as opulent as one might imagine. While each dynasty claimed the emperor was heaven’s earthly representative, the role was in truth a single link in a giant bureaucratic chain which compelled those involved to follow rigorous traditional protocols.

This video is created from the fantastic work of the SCMP infographics team. More from their series on the Forbidden city can be enjoyed here :

Part 1 of the Forbidden city series can be watched here :
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