- Name: Forbidden City
- Location: Beijing, China
- Type of attraction: Architectural
- Built: 1420
- Ticket price: From $10
The Forbidden City is a complex of palaces situated in central Beijing, China. It houses the Palace Museum, and from the times of Ming dynasty until the end of the Qing dynasty it served as Chinese imperial palace.
The Forbidden City served as the home for emperors and their households, and has been the Chinese government’s ceremonial and political center for nearly 500 years.
The complex was constructed between 1406 and 1420, and consists of 980 buildings covering 72 hectares. The palace exemplifies traditional palatial Chinese architecture, and has inspired cultural and architectural trends in East Asia and elsewhere.
In 1987, the complex City was declared a World Heritage Site, and is listed by UNESCO as the world’s largest collection of preserved ancient wood structures.
The Forbidden City has been under the control of the Palace Museum since 1925, whose extensive collection of artworks and artifacts was built upon the imperial collections of the dynasties of Ming and Qing. Part of the old museum collection is now in the Taipei National Palace Museum.
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Interesting facts about Forbidden City
Here are some interesting facts about this amazing landmark:
- The name ‘forbidden’ came from the times when only royals, government officials and people with invitations could enter the city.
- There are total of 9,371 in the complex, although, by the legend, there are exactly 9,999 and a half rooms.
- Total of 24 emperors have ruled from the Forbidden City.