Beijing | China

Forbidden City Beijing

China Discovery Tour

Beijing | China

29 Dec 2019 | Sun

Day 02 of 18

  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City Beijing
  • Beijing Olympic Park
  • Lunch at National Stone Place
  • The Great Wall at Mutianyu

Forbidden City Beijing

Forbidden City Beijing

A visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing is a must for any history lover. The massive palace complex was the home of the Chinese emperors and their families for centuries. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China.

The Forbidden City is located in the heart of Beijing, just north of Tiananmen Square. It is surrounded by a moat and high walls. Inside, there are hundreds of buildings, including palaces, temples, gardens, and museums.

Visitors can explore the Forbidden City on their own or take a guided tour. Either way, it is an unforgettable experience.

The Forbidden City is a palace complex in Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, at the center of the Imperial City of Beijing. It is surrounded by numerous opulent imperial gardens and temples including the 22-hectare (54-acre) Zhongshan Park, the sacrificial Imperial Ancestral Temple, the 69-hectare (171-acre) Beihai Park, and the 23-hectare (57-acre) Jingshan Park.[2]

The Forbidden City was constructed from 1406 to 1420, and was the former Chinese imperial palace and winter residence of the Emperor of China from the Ming dynasty (since the Yongle Emperor) to the end of the Qing dynasty, between 1420 and 1924. The Forbidden City served as the home of Chinese emperors and their households and was the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for over 500 years. Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987.

The complex consists of 980 buildings, encompassing 8,886 rooms and covering 720,000 square metres (72 hectares)/178 acres. The palace exemplifies the opulence of the residences of the Chinese emperor and the traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. It is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

– Wikipedia Forbidden City Beijing

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