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The Forbidden City is a 9,000 room maze of courtyards, palaces, apartments, and storehouses.  It is surrounded by a moat and a 35-foot high wall.  It was once off-limits to all but the emperor and his court.  Here, with absolute authority, 24 Chinese emperors - the "Sons of Heaven" - ruled China from the Dragon Throne.

The seat of power was in the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the tallest and largest of the six main palace buildings.

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