Lying at the centre of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu
Gong in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing
dynasties. It is the biggest and best preserved complex of ancient
buildings in China, and the largest palace complex in the world.
Construction of the palace complex began in 1407, and for 500 years
this inner sanctum was off-limits to most of the world as the
emperors lived in luxury, secluded from the masses, surrounded by
their families, court officials, servants, eunuchs, concubines and
other members of court. The Forbidden City and its centrepiece, the
magnificent palace, have a permanent restoration squad, which
continually works to keep the 800 buildings and 9,999 rooms inside
the Forbidden City complex in top repair. The once Forbidden City
is now open to all visitors.
Opening Time: Daily 8:30am to 4:30pm (1 November to 31 March);
8:30am to 5pm (1 April to 31 October).
Admission: Â?60 (April to October); Â?40 (November to