China – Beijing
The Forbidden City was built during the Ming dynasty and is home to the Imperial family of the Ming and the Qing dynasty for almost 500 years. It is located in the central of Beijing and is now open to tourism as a palace museum or Gu Gong” The size of the forbidden city measures 961m by length and 753m by width and takes a full day to tour the main halls. The Forbidden city is famous for its architectural masterpieces and detailed cravings. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its importance in signifying the architecture and culture of China
Front view of the Forbidden City
The Yongdingmen Gate and Square
The construction of the Forbidden City was ordered by Emperor Yong Le during the Ming dynasty and began in 1406 AD and was completed in 1420 AD. It was the home to the Ming dynasty emperors till 1644 where it was the dynasty was overthrown by Lee Zi Cheng. Shortly after, the Manchurians launched a military campaign from northern China and ruled the whole of China. It has been the political center of China ever since it was built until 1912 when the last Emperor of China, Puyi abdicated his throne.
The majesty of the Emperor throne room in Forbidden City
Getting there :
The Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is just near the Forbidden City and can be easily accessible by railway or a quick hitch on a cab. Because of this, it makes it possible for transits at Beijing to have a short tour at the Imperial Palace before boarding the next flight.