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Forbidden City, Beijing

The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, a grand-standing symbol of the might and stateliness of their court.

The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, a grand-standing symbol of the might and stateliness of their court. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture. Home to twenty-four emperors, the largest and best-preserved palace in the world was off-limits to commoners in the past, which led to it being called Forbidden City.

Surrounded by a 52 metre wide moat and 7.9 metre high city walls, the complex has 980 buildings spread over 180 acres. As you enter, you will encounter the enormous spectacular courtyard, which is the beginning of an entirely different world from the rest of the city. Despite the transformation of the city around it, the Forbidden City remains mercifully relatively untouched. Get there when the gates open (around 8.30AM) if you want to explore the courtyards in relative peace.

Almost all buildings have glazed tile roofs in yellow, the color of the emperor. The sloping ridges of building roofs are decorated with a line of statuettes led by a man riding a phoenix and followed by an imperial dragon. The outer palace consisting of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Complete Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony was the hub of political activity. The inner palace consisting of the Palace of Heavenly Purity, the Hall of Union and Peace and the Palace of Earthly Tranquility served as the residence of the emperor. Only two-fifths of the area of the palace is opened but more sections open all the time. Wandering to the right or left can yield some beautiful secluded courtyards.

There are an astounding 1,807,558 artefacts in the permanent collection, with rare and valuable works of art including paintings, ceramics, seals, stelas, sculptures, inscribed wares, bronze wares and enamel objects. This is truly the spot to appreciate the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power in the Ming and Qing dynasties. There are gift shops where you can pick up souvenirs.


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About Forbidden City

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Forbidden City and Nearby Sights on Map

CourtYard Gallery

Founded in 1996

Wangfujing

Wan Fung Art Gallery

Worth a peek if you're in the area

Imperial Ancestral Temple

The Imperial Ancestral Temple is where sacrificial ceremonies were held to honor the imperial family's ancestors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties

Imperial City Art Museum

The Imperial City was the Manchu city that surrounded the Forbidden City during the Qing dynasty

Tiananmen Gate

The Tiananmen Gate or Gate of Heavenly Peace is a symbol of China, dominating the northern end of the

Shijia Hutong Museum

The Shijia Hutong Museum explores the local history of one of Beijing's oldest hutongs, the Shijia Hutong in Dongcheng district

Changpu River Park

Narrow strip of landscaped park along a small stream

Zhongshan Park

Beautifully landscaped park with lots of trees and bamboo

National Art Museum of China