The Forbidden City in Beijing was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty through until the end of the Qing Dynasty. Found in the center of Beijing, the buildings now house the Palace Museum and is a major attraction.
A trip to the Chinese Imperial Palace
The imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties is a complex of 980 buildings dating from the 15th century. The city earned its name because the law forbade entrance or departures to and from the complex unless the Chinese Emperor gave them permission. These days, you are allowed to roam the grounds without such permission and take in the wonderful detail in the buildings. The palace structure is a superb example of Chinese palatial architecture.
Once inside its gates, found at the front of Tiananmen Square, you will find yourself in the outer court. This part of the city is made up of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony. In the first, strands the Emperor’s throne, making it the most important building in the entire complex. This is also the largest structure in the city, but not the only one you should see. Make sure you visit the inner court palaces as well before heading out through the Imperial Garden.
Inside the Palace Museum
The Forbidden City has been the home of the Palace Museum since 1925 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The collection of art and artifacts in the museum come from the imperial collection of the Qing Dynasty. The museum also holds China's largest collections of Ming and Qing Dynasty government documentation, plus many rare books. There is 5,000 years of Chinese art in the museum, making it the perfect place to learn about this ancient culture.
When visiting Beijing choose to stay in comfortable accommodation right near the best attractions. A 20-minute drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Beijing you will find the Forbidden City with its gates looming over Tiananmen Square.