The Forbidden City is a sprawling complex of palace buildings in the center of downtown Beijing. For centuries it was the home of the emperor and the heart of the Chinese government. In past years it was not permitted for normal citizens to enter the Forbidden City, but nowadays anyone is free to explore it.
Possessing around 1000 intact buildings and nearly 9000 rooms, a tourist could spend days fully exploring the Forbidden City. The complex is divided into two separate parts: the outer court, where imperial ceremonies were traditionally performed and guests were entertained, and the inner court, which was used as the imperial family’s living quarters.
Places like the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the ceremonial seat of power in imperial China, are in the outer court. The inner court has areas such as the Palace of Heavenly Purity, which served as the emperor's residence for many years... read more
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