就題目“故宮”的翻譯而言，有參賽者音譯成Gu Gong，顯然不妥，因故宮有約定俗成的譯名。還有不少參賽者譯為The Palace Museum，嚴格說這是“故宮博物院”，與“故宮”是有區別的：“故宮”是明清兩代的皇家宮殿，帝王居住和處理政務的地方，而“故宮博物院”是故宮之內、在明清兩代皇宮及其收藏的基礎上建立起來的綜合性博物館；前者于永樂十八年（1420年）建成，后者于1925年10月10日開館。順便而言，還有“臺北故宮博物院”和“沈陽故宮博物院”，而這里指的是“北京的故宮”。有的譯成The Imperial Palace，似乎不錯，但分析起來，還不夠確切，因為自末代皇帝溥儀一家在1924年10月4日被馮玉祥的部隊趕出宮后，故宮便不再是“皇宮”，而是Former Imperial Palace。比較而言，“紫禁城”是對故宮的舊稱，譯為The Forbidden City，被外界普遍接受，亦可保留其特有的傳統文化色彩。
對于，有的參賽者譯得過于零碎，即短句過多，而忽視了英文“形合”的特點，如：Beijing’s Forbidden City is a wonderful place. Tens of thousands of sets of houses and countless exquisite craftwork are included there. It is not surprising that the place has become one of the most populous scenic spots in China. 其中，可注意用介詞、連詞等將句子整合起來。然而，也不是越長越好，如：From its tens of thousands of rooms and halls that served diverse functions to its innumerable collection of exquisite arts and crafts, it is no wonder that Beijing's Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, is a magical place that has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in China. 重要的是能在句子的組織上找到適當的平衡。同時，“從成千上萬套房間到無數精美的工藝品”，是一種鋪排寫法，不必譯成“from … to …”，而可接續前面，用介詞where， 引出“tens of thousands of rooms were built, countless exquisite crafts stored”?！俺蔀橹袊钍軞g迎的旅游景點之一也不足為奇”，原文是一句，譯文則不妨用Unsurprisingly另起一句，以更符合英文表達習慣。
故此句不妨譯為：The Forbidden City in Beijing is truly an amazing place, where tens of thousands of rooms were built, countless exquisite crafts stored. Unsurprisingly, it has become one of China’s most popular tourist attractions.
和，很容易譯成：Today, nearly 600 years after the Palace Museum was built, it still brings surprises to people. The Palace Museum was built in the Ming Dynasty. It is estimated that more than 200 earthquakes have occurred so far. / Even today, more than 600 years after it was built, the Forbidden City still brings constant surprises to us. It is estimated that the Forbidden City, initially built in Ming Dynasty, has suffered over 200 earthquakes so far. / It has been more than 600 years since the Palace Museum was built, but it still continues to surprise people. The Palace Museum, first built in the Ming dynasty, has experienced more than 200 earthquakes by some estimates. / Today, 600 years away from its being built, it still surprises people. Built in the Ming Dynasty, the Palace Museum was estimated to have experienced more than 200 earthquakes.（下劃線為筆者所加）其中都難免重復built。
顯然，鑒于中的“故宮初建于明代”有重疊的部分（因為建立的時間、地點是相關聯的），若單獨譯出，會使句子冗繁，故不妨合并翻譯，如nearly 600 years after it was established in the Ming Dynasty?！敖o人們帶來驚喜”，此處有個潛在問題，即“什么帶來的”，在譯文中需要補充，如加上features、qualities（特質）等。
承接上述譯文，句可從“據估算……”翻譯，而“至今”所指時間段不妨在譯文中加以明確：its lifetime?！敖洑v”似可用experience、go through、undergo、come through等，但不是suffer、involve、contain等，更確切的為survive，其義為continue to live、endure or last。
因而，此兩句不妨譯為：Still, nearly 600 years after it was established in the Ming Dynasty (1368—1644), the Forbidden City has constantly surprised people with its features. It is estimated that during its lifetime the Forbidden City has survived more than 200 earthquakes.
中，若按原文詞序譯成“Most of the buildings cannot resist natural disaster, not to mention those hundred-year-old buildings… / While most buildings in the world are not resistant to such natural disasters, let alone those vulnerable century-old buildings. / Generally speaking, most of the buildings have no immunity to natural disasters, let alone the centuries-old ones.”等似乎還可以（其中個別用詞不當除外），但是“都無法抵御天災”是指地震破壞的嚴重性，譯文中可以強調，調整詞序到句首，如“Given the severity of such natural calamities, …”。而“經受?。ㄒ磺锌简灒?，參賽者大都用了stand，應當說，對于物體而言，“If something such as a building or a piece of furniture stands somewhere, it is in that position, and is upright”，即多用于locate，即靜止存在，如：?The house stands alone on top of a small hill. （房子孤零零地坐落在一座小山頂上。）?I reached for the lamp, which stood in the middle of the table.（我伸手去夠桌子中央的燈。）固然，該詞也有a building is standing when it remains after other buildings around it have fallen down or been destroyed之意，如：There are very few buildings left standing.（幾乎沒有幾個建筑物留存下來。）但相對而言，withstand不但具有quality的性質（to be strong enough not to be hurt or damaged by extreme conditions, the use of force, etc.），而且是動態的（to resist or confront with resistance），如：The materials used have to be able to withstand high temperatures.（所使用的材料必須能夠耐高溫。）特別是對比“大多數建筑……，更不必說那些……，然而……”的語境，此處似更宜用該詞。同時，“抵御”和“經受住”應避免使用同一譯詞。此外，一些形容人的詞語，不宜用來形容物體，如“the Forbidden City seems robust / strong / sturdy enough to resist …”等。
故此句不妨譯為：Given the severity of such natural calamities, there are very few buildings that could have endured, not to mention those over a hundred years old; the Forbidden City, however, has apparently withstood all these tests.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, located in Beijing, China, is a miraculous place. Boasting of tens of thousands of suites and numerous exquisite artworks, it unsurprisingly ranks as one of the top tourist attractions in China. Built nearly 600 years ago, it has been bringing about surprises. It’s estimated that it has undergone over 200 earthquakes since the Ming Dynasty. While most structures failed to survive the natural disasters, let alone the century-old ones, the Forbidden City seems to be strong enough to withstand the tests of any kind.
The Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace in Beijing is a wonder. Boasting tens of thousands of houses and numerous exquisite crafts, it is, not surprisingly, one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. It has constantly surprised people for nearly six hundred years since its construction. The Palace was initially built in Ming dynasty, and has endured more than two hundred earthquakes by some estimates. Most buildings fail to resist this natural disaster, let alone those centuries-old ones. It seems that the Imperial Palace can stand all trials and tribulations, however.
The Forbidden City
It is not surprising that the Forbidden City in Beijing has become one of China's most popular tourist attractions, since it is a magical palace museum boasting ten thousand sets of rooms and countless exquisite artefacts. It still fills visitors with wonder today nearly 600 years after it was first built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is estimated that it has witnessed more than 200 earthquakes so far. The Forbidden City seems to be able to withstand various tests, while most buildings can't survive natural disasters, not to mention those with a history over hundreds of years.