Beijing’s Forbidden City Opens For the First Time at Night for Tourists to Celebrate Lantern Festival
For the first time ever, Beijing’s former imperial residence, the Forbidden City, has opened its doors to tourists at night for a spectacular light show to celebrate the Lantern Festival.
Continuing his tour of Asia, President Trump has arrived in China to meet with President Xi Jinping, where they, along with First Ladies Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan, toured the Forbidden City. It was later learned that Xi bestowed upon Trump the honor of being the first U.S. President to dine in the Forbidden City — an honor not granted since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, according to CNN.
Although the exact location of the dinner has yet to be confirmed, officials believe that they will be dining in the Jianfu Palace. Built in the eighteenth century and restored in 2005, Jianfu Palace is perhaps the best preserved portion of the Forbidden City and ideal for hosting important visitors.
Talk about a massive undertaking!
In the past week, China has faced heavy rains that brought extreme flooding and landslides to a number of vulnerable areas. As of Monday, nearly 300 people have died or went missing, while hundreds of thousands were displaced.
Most deaths were concentrated in northern China. Surrounding Beijing, the Hebei Province was hit worst, with at least 114 casualties. Over nine million people were affected and nearly 300,000 evacuated, Los Angeles Times reported.