china edition


Forbidden City - Huge Stone Carving

Behind the Hall of Preserving Harmony, between the stair-ways, is a huge one piece marble carving of dragons playing with pearls. This marble was brought here all the way from Fangshan District, about 70 kilometer away from Beijing.

It is about 17 m long, 3 m wide and 1.7 m thick, weighing about 250 tons. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, anyone who was caught touching this holy stone could be executed.

Without any modern means of transportation, you can imagine how difficult it was for the Chinese labourers to transport such a huge piece of stone here! For every half kilometer, wells were dug and water was pumped out onto the road to ice it up so that the stone could be slid over the ice. In summer, however, rolling logs were used.