2. FORBIDDEN CITY: Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture,and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere.(Source: Wikipedia) According to a local friend of mine, the Forbidden City consisted of 999 and a half similar looking rooms as it is the closest place similar to heaven. (They believed that heaven had 1000 rooms). "Forbidden", referred to the fact that no one could enter or leave the palace without the emperor's permission. Nearby to the Forbidden Place is a hill which overlooks the whole city.
The Forbidden City, which served as the Chinese imperial palace was home to the emperors and their extensive households for almost 500 years. The enormous palace complex houses 980 buildings and brilliantly exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture.