World Heritage of China: Imperial Sites. ISBN: 7-119-03403-0, 7119034030, 978-7-119-03403-4, 9787119034034
China is an ancient country with a history of several thousand years. Imperial power and culture always played an important role historically. As in other imperial systems, the Chinese emperors in every dynasty always had supreme status and priority, though the royal family frequently changed. Imperial palaces, gardens, temples and mausoleums were built on the orders of different emperors using the entire country’s labor and financial power. They reflected the socioeconomic conditions and technological levels of their time and the ideology, artistic aims and achievements of an era, leaving numerous precious assets to succeeding generations.