introduction of Forbidden City
City, also called Palace Museum or Gugong in Chinese, is located at
the center of Beijing. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and
Qing dynasties. It is to the north of Tian'anmen Square. Rectangular
in shape, Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex. Forbidden
City covers 74 hectares. Opposite the Tian'anmen Gate in the south,
to the north is the Gate of Devine Prowess (Shenwumen), which faces Jingshan Park. The
Forbidden City is divided into two parts: The outer court was where
the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern
section, or the inner court was where he lived with his royal family.
the history of Forbidden City
Until 1924 when the last emperor
of China was driven from the Inner Court, fourteen emperors of the
Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty had reigned here.
Having been the imperial palace for some five centuries, it houses numerous
rare treasures and curiosities. Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural
Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace Museum is now one of the most popular
tourist attractions worldwide.
Forbidden City got the name ?
Forbidden City also called Purple Forbidden City. In the feudal society,
emperors had supreme power, so this residence
was certainly a forbidden place. Purple was the symbolic color of the
North Star, which was believed to be the center of the cosmos. So it
got the name of Forbidden City or Purple Forbidden City.
the main sceneries of Forbidden City
Forbidden City is the world's largest palace complex. There are many
interesting places. Some of them is listed from south to north as followed:
Beijing Tour Routes Includes Forbidden City:
Photo of Forbidden City