The Palace of Heavenly Purity at the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

The Forbidden City in imperial China’s Beijing had one enemy above all: fire

  • The structure was constructed almost entirely from wood, so it was essential for residents to be well prepared
  • Hundreds of vats storing rainwater were dotted around the Forbidden City as a precaution
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The Palace of Heavenly Purity at the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
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