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Tongzi River

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The Forbidden City’s moat is frozen

The Forbidden City’s Tongzi River (Tongzi He) moat top is a layer of ice. Thus in historical times... read more

Reviewed January 3, 2019
Yekaterinburg, Russia
Rather atmospheric at dawn and dusk

Well, of course, it's not a river and never has been. But there's always been a tradition to... read more

Reviewed December 22, 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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Jan 3, 2019
“The Forbidden City’s moat is frozen”
Dec 22, 2017
“Rather atmospheric at dawn and dusk”
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

The Forbidden City’s Tongzi River (Tongzi He) moat top is a layer of ice. Thus in historical times, it must have been much less effective during Beijing’s long cold winters. The moat was dug out under orders of the Yongle Emperor, Zhu Di (1360-1424), the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2017

Well, of course, it's not a river and never has been. But there's always been a tradition to 'glamourise', if you will, the names of places, things and even food as long as it was important to ancient Chinese royalty. In reality, it's a moat,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed April 3, 2017

The moat surrounding the Forbidden City are known as Tongzi He. They were important for defending the city during the Imperial era. Previously the Tongsi He was linked to the lakes and rivers in the city. The water was also of high quality originating from...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank nellielim
Reviewed July 9, 2015

The willow and the tower reflected on the river are so beautiful that you feel like you are seeing an old Chinese painting. This place is a fantastic spot for taking some pictures, too. I stood at the riverside and watched some people relaxing there....More

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

standing at the corner of Jiao Lou 角楼, two direction of Tongzi river in front of you. This view is one of the best view.of traditional beijing, hold your breath when looking through the river. Lots of photographer come here when the weather is good...More

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