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TRAVEL WATCH: DECEMBER 13, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 23

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The Forbidden City: This pocket-sized guide to Beijing's premier landmark accomplishes a great deal in a small space

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The Forbidden City
By May Holdsworth
(Oxford University Press; 88 pages)

This pocket-sized guide to Beijing's premier landmark accomplishes a great deal in a small space. Most general guidebooks to historical monuments offer an architectural description and a cursory rundown of key dates, leaving potential visitors wondering if it's even worth making the trip. This book introduces the reader not only to the Forbidden City's bricks and mortar, but also to the emperors and eunuchs who peopled it over the years. Holdsworth provides a glimpse of the rich historical texture of imperial Peking through intimate details of court life: rituals, weddings, births and deaths, as well as the practical concerns of daily existence. For those interested in the art of feng shui, there is a chapter detailing the mindful arrangement of the buildings. A product of painstaking research in the archives, the guide is also a good read.

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