The Forbidden City was the former residence of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. 24 emperors lived here between 1420 and 1911. With 177 acres and 8,000 rooms, you'll need an entire day to visit it. There are entrances in the north via the Gate of Divine Might, and in the south via the Gate of Supreme Harmony, near Tiananmen Square. The Outer Court was used for ceremonial purposes and the seat of government, while the Inner Court was the residence of the Emperor and his family. The City was inaccessible for almost 500 years. Concubines entered at 14 or 15 years old and never came back out. Visitors are always amazed at the splendour of the buildings and the luxury in which the emperors lived.
Covering 178 acres and displaying 8,000 different pieces, you will need an entire day to visit the Forbidden City.© MATTES Rene
The Forbidden City is bounded by the door of Divine Military Genius to the north and by the Meridian Gate to the south, close to the Tiananmen Square.© Aphotostory / Getty Images / iStockphoto
The seat of the government was in the outer courtyard while the apartments of the imperial family were located in the inner courtyard.© MATTES Rene
This city remained inaccessible for nearly 500 years. Concubines entered it at 14 to 15 years old and never left.© Chuyu / 123RF
Visitors will be astounded before the majestic grandeur of the buildings and the luxury in which the emperors lived.© MATTES Rene