Forbidden City, a must-see for a Beijing travel, is the best-preserved imperial palace in China presently, which is also the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. As the masterpiece of traditional Chinese architectural complex, the Forbidden City attracts tens of thousands of travelers home and abroad to pay a visit every year. If you only have time for one attraction in Beijing along your 72-hour visa free China travel, Forbidden City should be it.
Located in the center of Beijing, Forbidden City was the place where 24 emperors in Ming and Qing dynasty lived and handled their state affairs in ancient times. It was begun to build in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle in the Ming Dynasty in 1406, and was finished in 1420, lasting 14 years in total. It stretches 720 thousands of square meters in size, and one-fifth of which is occupied by architectures. It hosts 8707 splendid palaces, timber-structured, glazed tile-roofed and green-white-stone-based.
In ancient times, it was said that emperor was the son of Heaven, and therefore Heaven’s supreme power was bestowed upon emperors. The emperors’ residence on earth was built as a replica of the Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven. The Forbidden City is divided into two parts, the southern section and the northern section. The southern section, also known as the Outer Court, was the place where the emperor handled the state affairs. The northern section, or the Inner Court, was where the emperor and his royal family lived. If you want to discover the architectural art of imperial palace in ancient times, then you could ask your China travel agents to arrange Forbidden City into your itinerary.
For security purpose, the Forbidden City is enclosed by ten-meter-high walls, which is 961 meters in length and 753 meters in width. Outside the wall lies a defensive moat, 3800 meters in length and 52 meters in width. At each corner of the Forbidden City stands a magnificent watchtower, which was closely guarded by the soldiers in the past.
The Forbidden City is reputed as one of the top five famous palaces in the world, including Versailles palace in French, Buckingham Palace in UK, White House in America and Kremlin Palace in Russia. As a treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical relics, the Forbidden City was listed into World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO In 1987.
Nowadays, the Forbidden City is open to world-wide tourists and it appeals numerous travel-addicts with its magnificent scale, and gorgeous palaces and profound history. No memorable Beijing trip is complete without visiting the overwhelming Forbidden City. Come to the Forbidden City and discover why countless travelers come here despite of fatigue and long journey.
After the new visa free transit policy in China is announced and many travelers prefer to visit something during the limited transiting time. In this case, a visit to Forbidden City should never be missed.
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