Discover the Forbidden city of Beijing
Through Chinese feudal eras from the Ming to the Qing Dynasty, one of the most outstanding historical monuments is the Forbidden City. This is a palace complex right in the heart of Beijing, which served as the former imperial palace & state residence of Chinese Emperors, and was the ceremonial and political center of China in these two last feudal dynasties for almost 500 years from 1420 to 1924. The whole construction took 14 years to complete and there were over one millions workers joined to build this massive structure. According to calculations, the Forbidden City consists of 980 buildings in over 70 palace compounds, has approximately 9000 rooms and covers an extensive area of 72 hectares. The complex is the representative exemplification of traditional Chinese palatial architecture and has explicit influence on architectural art of other countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia. Recognized as the World Heritage Site in 1987, the Forbidden City was also declared as one of the world's largest existing ancient wooden structures. Attracting millions of visitor annually, this magnificent palace museum is one of the sought-after tourist hotspots in Beijing where comprehensively depicts thriving history and culture of Chinese feudalism to everyone all over the world.