Initially, Beijing didn’t have a palace, however Emperor Minh Thanh To at the moment heard that this was the land of the emperor, so he determined to construct a citadel right here. On the identical time, he transferred some individuals to Beijing to show this place into the capital later. It took 11 years to construct, lastly the Forbidden Metropolis was accomplished in 1420 and has a historical past of greater than 600 years.
The Forbidden Metropolis has witnessed many inner struggles and modifications of Chinese language feudal dynasties. Within the current palace treasure, there are nonetheless numerous treasured cultural relics, that are nice cultural heritages for China.
After visiting this place, you will note a miracle. The Forbidden Metropolis covers an space of 720,000 sq. meters, of which the world of buildings is 150,000 sq. meters. With greater than 70 giant and small palaces, however within the huge Forbidden Metropolis, there isn’t any hint of “historic bathroom”. Actually, contained in the Forbidden Metropolis, not solely the royal household lived, but in addition the palace maids and eunuchs serving them. Certainly there should be many bogs, however in actuality there should not. Why? Did the ancients not use the bathroom?
Prior to now, individuals did not have septic bogs like now. Individuals dig holes beneath buildings to retailer manure. As an alternative of going into the sewage therapy system like now, the feces will keep in that cellar, so it has a really dangerous scent. Within the palace with so many individuals, if everybody solves this “delicate matter”, the palace will stink all day and turn out to be uninhabitable.
Extraordinary individuals discover it disagreeable, not to mention noble royalty, they actually do not wish to endure this scent. Minh Thanh To revered Beijing’s feng shui, so he constructed a palace right here. The scent of accumulation is dangerous for the feng shui of the palace and never good for the magnificence of the Forbidden Metropolis. Due to this fact, there weren’t any bogs constructed within the palace.
Nonetheless, no fairy may give up consuming and consuming. So how did the ancients go to the bathroom? Should actually admire the knowledge of individuals at the moment. The reply is the containers known as “copper bows”, that are each simple to move and may resolve the issue of waste disposal.
So regardless that there are not any bogs within the Forbidden Metropolis, there’s a room known as a “purity room” to make use of these buckets. The individuals who served within the room have been the palace maids and eunuchs of low standing. If anybody has watched “Dien Hy Cong Luong”, it’ll flip Wei Anh Lac who was punished to clean these “copper palaces”.
Individuals within the palace used “supplier”, identical to right this moment’s bathroom. It has cushions within the seat. To scale back the scent, individuals will put some sandalwood ash in it. When the royals go to the bathroom, there can be just a few individuals standing to serve them. For instance, Empress Dowager Cixi has 5-6 servants when coping with disappointment. After she is completed, they may clear the “caretaker” and sprinkle sandalwood powder once more.
So when transporting copper bows to waste therapy, will they emit an odor? The cleaners would wrap them with grass and sandalwood ashes after which transport them out of the palace to fertilize the fields. In these days, there was no chemical fertilizer like now. The ancients not solely solved private wants but in addition promoted agriculture, one arrow hit two targets.
At present, the tactic of going to the bathroom utilizing a bronze bow could be very outdated. With the present drainage system and the event of various applied sciences, we not want so many troublesome instruments to deal with manure. With the push of a button, feces will move by the drain by itself, then undergo levels of transformation and steadily flip into usable gadgets. Not solely bogs, many issues will steadily be improved and changed after many generations.
As we speak, guests to the Forbidden Metropolis needn’t fear about going to the bathroom. Because the palace turned a well-known scenic spot in China, many public bogs have been put in for everybody’s use.