Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesCouples, Friends, Families
Rank70 out of 471 attractions in Beijing
Places to stay near Forbidden City Music Hall
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1. The Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City is in Beijing and is actually an ancient palace city. It is called so because the ordinary folk were not allowed entry into this palace. It was the grand palace known to the Ming as well as Qing dynasties about 560 years. Over 24 Chinese emperors are said to have lived here. Presently it is one of the top 5 places in the world recognized. It is a great demonstration of the Chinese architecture with its grand golden rooks painted in the colors of yellow and red. The museum inside the palace has the ancient relics.
If you would like to experience history that dates back to 500 years before the fall of the Qing Dynasty, you must take a stroll through the Forbidden City. It has been home two emperors and their families for centuries and is unmatched in architectural elegance and sheer beauty. The palatial structures are colorful and ancient looking, making you feel as if you stepped back into the past. While in the Forbidden City don't forget to visit the famous Tiananmen Square and the historic Chairman Mao's Tomb that is said to still house the Chairman's roaming spirit centuries after his death.
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.