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The Forbidden City:

By Antony White. Scala, 2002. 64pp. £8.95 As an averagely ignorant Western visitor in the Outer Court of Beijing's Forbidden City, you will be both impressed and bemused, writes Ruth Slavid . Impressed because the space is immense and magnificent and allows you views of three marvellous palaces; bemused, because it is difficult to engage with it, understand what it is for, or differentiate one ornate, red-painted palace from another.

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