IN THE FORBIDDEN CITYFor children ages 9 and up
Serving as the seat of imperial power for six centuries, the Forbidden City is one of China’s most famous and enigmatic landmarks. Accompanied by a mischievous cat, readers will tour this colossal architectural structure, discovering the secrets hidden inside the palace walls. They will encounter the people who have walked through its halls and gardens, including emperors, empresses, and rebel leaders, and hear exciting tales about the power struggles and intrigues of everyday life.
This large format book conveys the grandeur of the Forbidden City through highly detailed line drawings of its buildings, gardens, and courtyards with numerous foldout spreads. Each page is populated by a large variety of characters and peppered with entertaining anecdotes. Every book includes a plastic magnifying glass for looking at the drawings more closely.
Chiu Kwong-chiu is an artist, designer, and professor who explores Chinese traditional visual arts and adopts groundbreaking methods to interpret and promote Chinese art and culture. He founded the CnC Design and Cultural Studies Workshop in Hong Kong, where he provides guidance and leadership in the research, interpretation, and promotion of traditional and contemporary design and Chinese culture.
Ben Wang (translator) is a senior lecturer in humanities at China Institute, an instructor of Chinese at the United Nations, and guest lecturer at numerous prestigious academic and cultural institutions. In the Forbidden City will be one of four books and e-books produced by China Institute in conjunction with the We All Live In the Forbidden City program, which will also feature an educational program for children, educators and families.
The original book and content have been developed in Hong Kong in consultation with the Forbidden City’s Palace Museum in Beijing, ensuring authentic content and resources.
WINNER OF CREATIVE CHILD MAGAZINES’S 2015 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, BOOKS ON FOREIGN CULTURE
INDIEFAB 2014 Finalist for Best Young Adult Nonfiction
Chiu Kwong-chiu , author
Design and Cultural Studies Workshop, illustrations
Ben Wang, translator
Nancy S. Steinhardt, editor
Ages 9 and up
B&W illustrations with gold & red highlights
Numerous fold-out spreads
11” x 11” 52 pages
Published by China Institute in America
Readers receive a lavish tour of the Forbidden City, once home to Chinese emperors and now a museum, courtesy of Chiu and the Design and Cultural Studies Workshop, which he founded.Publishers Weekly