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The Forbidden City

Forbidden City
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The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. 


Price: Moderate
Contact Number: (8610) 8500-7421
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Hours of Operation:

OPEN Tuesday - Sunday
CLOSED Monday (except for national holidays and July-August)
8:30 to 17:00

Listing Type: Activities - Sightseeing


Entrance Statues Entrance Side Tower Inscription

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Location Information:

Address: 4 Jingshan Qianjie
Area/City Name: Beijing
District/State: China
Postal Code: 100009
Country: China

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Amazing history behind the Forbidden City. Definitely do your research before you go. Make sure to go during the middle of the week, or you won't be able to even get in the door! It's always busy.

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