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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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Forbidden City and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Drum and Bell Towers

Drum and Bell Towers(2.7 km)
The drum tower was originally built in 1272 and reconstructed at a new location in 1800.

Tiananmen Gate

Tiananmen Gate(0.8 km)
The Tiananmen Gate or Gate of Heavenly Peace is a symbol of China, dominating the northern end of the Tiananmen Square with a large portrait of Chairman Mao.

National Centre for the Performing Arts
Imperial Ancestral Temple

Imperial Ancestral Temple(0.7 km)
The Imperial Ancestral Temple is where sacrificial ceremonies were held to honor the imperial family's ancestors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

National Art Museum of China
Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park(1.7 km)

Beihai Park

Beihai Park(1.9 km)
Beihai Park is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China, dating back to the 11th century.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square(1.3 km)
The Tiananmen Square is a large and historic public square in Beijing where Chairman Mao, the father of communism in China, declared the foundation of the People’s Republic on 1st October 1949.

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