Brief information on Forbidden City  

The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum (Gugong in Chinese), was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located in the center of Beijing and to the north of Tiananmen Square. It served as the residence of 24 emperors, and was the political and ceremonial center of Chinese government.

Rectangular in shape, construction of the Forbidden City was begun built in 1406, and finished in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. It covered 74 hectares, and was surrounded by a moat and a 10 meter-high wall; The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern part, or the Outer Court, was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. It consists of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Middle Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony. The Hall of Supreme Harmony was where the emperor held ceremonies. The northern part, or the Inner Court, was where the emperor lived with his family. The Forbidden City was listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987, and is regarded as the largest and best-preserved palace complex in the world.

Nowadays, the Forbidden City is open to tourists and has become one of the most popular attractions in Beijing, and even in China.

*You can download the bilingual note to show it to a taxi driver or someone else to find your way to Forbidden City if you plan to visit Forbidden City and have language problems.



Chinese Pinyin: Gu Gong
Opening Times: 08:30 -16:20 (Oct 16 - Apr 15); 08:30 - 17:00 (Apr 16 - Oct 15)
Location: close to Tiananmen Square
How to Get to: Take bus No. 124, 810, 812, 814, 846, 855, 202, 211, 101, 103, 109, 1, 4, 20 or 52 and get off at East Tian’anmen Bus Stop

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Edward MJ's review on Forbidden City : (2418 views)
It was clear and a balmy -12℃ in Beijing on the first day of 2010 when my taxi driver D dropped me at the Forbidden City’s northern entrance, The Gate of Divine Prowess located on the opposite side to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden Cities Main Me
Alysa's review on Forbidden City : (3295 views)
The Forbidden City is the largest palatial complex in China and the royal home to the emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties. With an area of over 720,000m2 and 9999 rooms and halls, it is rectangular in shape and has 4 gates one on each side. The compl

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