NOVA: Secrets of the Forbidden City DVD

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NOVA: Secrets of the Forbidden City The Forbidden City is the world's biggest and most extravagant palace complex ever built. For five centuries, it was the power center of imperial China and survived wars, revolution, fires, and earthquakes. How did the Ming Emperor's workforce construct its sprawling array of nearly 1,000 buildings and dozens of temples in a little over ... More
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NOVA: Secrets of the Forbidden City The Forbidden City is the world's biggest and most extravagant palace complex ever built. For five centuries, it was the power center of imperial China and survived wars, revolution, fires, and earthquakes. How did the Ming Emperor's workforce construct its sprawling array of nearly 1,000 buildings and dozens of temples in a little over a decade? How were stupendous 250-ton marble blocks moved across many miles to reach the site? And how did fantastically intricate woodwork, all fastened without nails or glue, enable the palaces to survive hundreds of earthquakes, including recent ones that obliterated nearby modern structures? To find answers, NOVA joins a team of master craftsmen who build a scale model of a typical palace in a seismic lab, then subject it to simulated earthquakes to shake out the secrets of how the Forbidden City has withstood centuries of violent tremors.
 

Producer: Ian Bremner, Chris Schmidt
Executive Producer: Paula S. Apsell, Julia Cort
Production Company: Lion Television; Channel 4; ARTE France
Production Year: 2017
Copyright Year: 2017
Director: Ian Bremner
Narrator: Eric Meyers
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Language track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Byron
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5.0 star rating
12/21/20
Amazing...How They Built the Forbidden City
Review by Byron on 12/21/20 review stating Amazing...How They Built the Forbidden City
How did the Chinese build the Forbidden City in such a short time? How did they gather all the needed materials? How did the buildings survive the many earthquakes? All and more are answered. I wish that I had seen this Nova presentation before going to China.
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Dale
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5.0 star rating
12/21/20
I bought more than a few for gifts on this one.
Review by Dale on 12/21/20 review stating I bought more than a few for gifts on this one.
If you have an interest in how things are built, this is an excellent education in the how the early Chinese engineers built Beijings ancient city. The construction is literally earthquake proof to this day from the 1400s.


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