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An Unforgettable Night Event...

September 2010


Lying at the center of Beijing and directly behind the Rostrum is the entry to the Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners throughout the history of Imperial China.
Commoners found in the palace during this period were executed. Only once a year was a ?commoner? allowed to pass through the central gate of the entrance to the city, which was reserved as the passage of the Emperor. This honor was reserved for the year?s top Confucian scholar, who would ride the Emperor?s horse through the Meridian Gate.
The current construction was originally built between 1406 and 1420 by 100,000 artisans and a million laborers as a palace for the Ming and Qing Emperors. It lies on more than 178 acres and has more than 8,600 rooms. From this palace the Emperors governed China, often rather erratically as they tended to become lost in this self contained little world and rarely left it. In 1664, the Manchu stormed in and burned the palace to the ground. After which, it was rebuilt and has survived in its current state despite revolutions, attacks and lootings.

Tai Miao is located just southeast of the Forbidden City and once served as the imperial ancestral temple of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The compound is laid out parallel to north-south axis of the Forbidden City. Its principle buildings consist of three main halls, two gates, two subsidiary shrines, and various accompanying buildings. The rear hall, or Tia Miao, was the place where the memorial tablets of remote imperial ancestors were kept. It was built in 1491 and was furnished in the same manner as the middle hall.

Tai Miao was the venue for an unforgettable performance of Puccini?s opera ?Turandot? in 1999. The plot of the opera takes place in the Forbidden City.


Imperial Night

Upon entering the forecourt, guests will be led in by hostesses dressed in Imperical Court costumes and carrying red lanterns.

Musicians, some in Chinese beds, will be waiting in the courtyard.

A gong will be struck as guests enter the Tai Miao Courtyard. The hostesses will create a welcoming vanguard.

Act 1 - The Procession
As the final guests settle, lights will dim on a table. Only the stage and central passageway will remain illuminated.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

Tai Miao

Tai Miao

Imperial Night

Imperial Night

Imperial Night

Imperial Night

Imperial Night

Imperial Night