THE IMPERIAL CITY WITHIN A CITY
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Forbidden City boast over 980 buildings covering 180 acres in the heart of Beijing. The entire complex was built between 1406 and 1420 and was only made available to royals, guards, house staff, and political employees. It is referred to as the Forbidden City due to the fact that citizens were not allowed within its walls.
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Serving as the Imperial Palace, the Forbidden City was home to every emperor from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Not only was it the home of the royals, but it was the political center of the Chinese government for over 500 years. To this day, a large portrait of Mai Zedong greats tourists at the entrance into the Forbidden City.
Since the mid 1920s, the complex has been under the charge of the Palace Museum. No longer home to royals, the museum is still home to the largest collection of ancient wooden structures along with an extensive collection of Chinese artifacts. These attractions have made the once Forbidden City the most visited museum in the world.
As you enter through the main gates, you immediately begin to understand why “city” was included in its name. It really is a city within a city. The sites and sounds of Beijing fade away as you become immersed in the colorful architecture of the temples and the seemingly endless cobble stone pavements. See more of the Chinese architecture and details found in and around the Imperial City Here: These Chinese Details Will Make You Swoon