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IBM to create online version of Beijing's Forbidden City.


A project to create an online version of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, is being undertaken by computer company IBM to help people around the world to understand China's history, culture and people.

The Forbidden City, which is located at the centre of ancient Beijing and is now known as the Palace Museum, was the imperial palace during the mid-Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911).

IBM will work with the Palace Museum to bring the Forbidden City to a global online audience, offering 'The Forbidden City: Beyond Space and Time' as an interactive world. It will correspond, in historical and architectural terms, to the Palace Museum and will allow visitors to experience 3D representations of cultural artifacts and places such as the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

According to the Palace Museum, the project will be presented in Chinese and English and is expected to be completed by spring 2008. Those visiting the actual site, which consists of nearly 180 acres, 800 buildings and over 8,000 rooms, will be able to access the virtual world via exhibit-based technology, enabling them to learn more about their physical location.

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Date:Jun 19, 2006
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