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The Forbidden City


The Forbidden City stands in the center of Beijing. It is protected by high walls and a moat on all four sides and consists of dozens of halls and courtyards. The emperors of two dynasties, the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911), lived here with their families and hundreds of court ladies and palace eunuchs. From their throne in the Forbidden City they governed the country by holding court meetings with their ministers, issuing imperial orders and initiating military expeditions.

The Forbidden City was completed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. It had been the scene of many important events affecting the course of Chinese history, including political struggles and palace coups, some of them extremely tragic, until the last emperor was finally expelled by republican troops in 1924. The Forbidden City was renamed as the Palace Museum and opened to the general public.

In 1961 the Forbidden City was listed as one of the important historical monuments under the special preservation by the Chinese central government and, in 1987, it was nominated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Palace Museum is a real treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical relics.

The Forbidden City situated exactly in the heart of the municipality was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The construction of the grand palace started in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406) and ended in 1420. In the ancient time, the emperor claimed to be the son of the heaven and therefore their supreme power was conferred upon them from the heaven.

The Inner Palace includes the Palace of Heaven (Celestial) Purity, the Hall of Celestial Union and the Hall of Terrestrial Tranquility (Earthly Peace), collectively known as the "Three Rear Palaces", together with the Imperial Garden and the six palaces to the east and west, was the emperor's domestic quarters and the areas of the palace where the empress, concubines and children of the emperor contained storerooms, libraries and a hall of historical archives.

The Eastern Six Palace included the Palace of Prolonged Auspiciousness, the Palace of Eternal Harmony, the Palace of Great Brilliance, the Palace of Great Benevolence, the Palace of Celestial Favor, and the Palace of Purity. The Western Six Palace refer to the Palace of Everlasting Life, the Palace of Queen Consort, the Palace of Gathering Elegance, the Palace for Eternal Spring, the Palace of Universal Happiness, and the Palace of External Longevity.

Three millions of tourists from home and abroad who visit the Forbidden City every year, but they visit only one-third of the total complex. The other two thirds have been locked down and covered by a thick of layer of dust. The goal of the most extensive renovation is to rehabilitate the glory of the palace when it was at its prime time in the imperial era. Around 70 per cent of the palace will be open to the public after the renovations are finished in 2020.

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About the Forbidden City

-- Hall and the Courtyard of Supereme Harmony
-- Meridian Gate
-- Hall of Supreme Harmony
-- Hall of Complete Harmony
-- Hall of Preserving Harmony
-- Huge Stone Carving
-- Hall of Clocks and Watches
-- Treasure Hall
-- Hall of Mental Cultivation

-- Six Western Palaces
-- Six Eastern Palaces
-- Palace of Heavenly Purity
-- Hall of Union
-- Palace of Earthly Tranquility
-- Imperial Garden
-- Nine Dragon Screen
-- Mysteries of the Palace Roofs
-- The Legend of Wacth Towers


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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Small Group TourCool --- from US$35
Classic city small group tour, visit Beijing's highlight attractions to touch the face of the metropolitan city on this one-day tour. Departure: daily.

Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square Small Group Tour --- from US$34
Not have much leisure time, but eager to catch the highlights of Beijing, join this, enjoy the three most popular scenic spots in a one-day bus tour.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park & Beihai Park Private Day Tour --- from US$59
Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jinshan Park and Beihai Park, enjoy this one day private tour package.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace Private Day Tour --- from US$60
Highlight one day private tour covers the trip to 3 of the 6 major sites in Beijing. Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven Private Day Tour --- from US$61
This 1 day private highlight city tour covers the trip to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Beijing City Highlight Small Group Tour and Night Show Package --- from US$62
Classic city small group tour, visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, after tour, watch the night show.

Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Private Day Tour --- from US$63
This 1 day private tour covers the trip to the most popular sites of Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and Fobidden City, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Beijing Old Hutong 1 Day Private Tour --- from US$63
This 1 day private tour covers the trip to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Beijing Old Hutong Tour.

Mutianyu Great Wall , Tiananmen Sauare & Forbidden City 1 Day Private Tour --- from US$64
This 1 day private tour covers the trip to Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing Tiananmen Sauare and Beijing Forbidden City.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace Private Day TourCool --- from US$65
Classic one day private tour package covers the trip to the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

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Reviews and Travelogue about Forbidden City:
< "The Great Wall and the Forbidden City" >>> Post by Ana from United States of America
< "Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City" >>> Post by Wolfe Sharp from Australia
< "Forbidden City" >>> Post by Benny from United States of America
< "With our limited time, we had to pare that down to the sights in Beijing..." >>> Post by Rill from United States of America
< "Our Impression on Forbidden City" >>> Post by Chin Peng from Singapore
< "The Forbidden City is huge" >>> Post by Peter from Australia
< "Highlight of the day - the Forbidden City" >>> Post by Sum Tin from Hong Kong SAR, PRC
< "Walked from the hotel to Forbidden City" >>> Post by Ronald from Canada
< "The Lion - Empress" >>> Post by Abramowitz from United States of America
< "Definitely call it the Forbidden City for a reason!" >>> Post by Brown from United Kingdom
< "Forbidden City Tour" >>> Post by Anne-Lotte from Netherlands
< "The Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum" >>> Post by Khnel from Denmark
< "I Love Forbidden City" >>> Post by Jeffrey from United States of America
< "The Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven" >>> Post by Robert from Australia
< "The Forbidden City" >>> Post by Melaka from Malaysia
< "The Tour of Forbidden City" >>> Post by Muti from Malaysia

 

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