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Palace Museum

The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, is the most complete and largest ancient architectural complex built of wood in China and the world.

The Forbidden City is structurally composed of the Outer Court and Inner Court. The Outer Court is also known as the Front Court, with the Hall of Supreme Harmony or Hall of Golden Chime, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony at its core as the place where emperors exercised power and held ceremonies. The Inner Court includes the Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Union and Palace of Earthly Tranquility at its core, as well as the Six Western Palaces and Six Eastern Palaces, and is where the feudal emperors and imperial concubines lived and commonly known as “Three Palaces and Six Courtyards”.

Entering the Palace Museum, visitors can experience the broad vision of the splendid imperial dynasties from the diverse architectural symphony. They can capture the gentle atmosphere of imperial court life, from the furnishings of the six western and six eastern palaces and the exquisite garden layout of the Inner Court, and they can get a feeling of the historical vicissitudes of domestic strife and foreign aggression that the Chinese nation suffered one hundred years ago from the scrolled-up faded curtain of the Eastern Cabinet in the Hall of Mental Cultivation.


Travel Tips

Address:No. 4, Jingshanqian Street of Dongcheng District, Beijing City

Transportation:1. Bus: Get off at West Gate of Palace Museum stop or East Gate of Palace Museum stop 2. Subway: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Tian’anmen East Station or Tian’anmen West Station

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