The Imperial Palace -- Gu gong

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Eyks Eyks
3 reviews
Lost in the Forbidden City Mar 13, 2011
The Imperial Palace, the must-go place for all tourists in Beijing. You know what that means- people, people, and more people! After waiting in the line for an hour in the humid august weather, I finally got my student admission ticket (RMB 60 I think?) I was really excited to see some ancient vases and antique furnitures. I was disappointed. Not only the palaces aren’t open for people to walk around, the crowd was so massive, i can’t even take any pictures of the inside. However, the architecture and the details on the bridges are quite impressive and are art pieces on their own. The Forbidden City is a large area, I was not able to see everything even after wondering around for 3 hours. One piece of advise when you go, get a tour guide. There are tales and reasons behind everything Chinese people create, and especially in the Palace. It is way more interesting to hear the history and stories from the ceilings to the doors in the palace than just walking around not knowing the meaning behind it.

Definitely worth it go visit there once, not sure if I will go again. Maybe when the population of tourists decrease in Beijing.
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mosted says:
You really think the amount of tourists will decrease? ;-)
Posted on: Nov 29, 2011
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The Imperial Palace -- Forbidden City Dec 06, 2009
Lying at the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now known as the Palace Museum, it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. Rectangular in shape, it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter high wall are 9,999 rooms. The wall has a gate on each side. Opposite the Tiananmen Gate, to the north is the Gate of Divine Might (Shenwumen), which faces Jingshan Park. The distance between these two gates is 960 meters, while the distance between the gates in the east and west walls is 750 meters. There are unique and delicately structured towers on each of the four corners of the curtain wall. These afford views over both the palace and the city outside.

The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Until 1924 when the last emperor of China was driven from the Inner Court, fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty had reigned here. Having been the imperial palace for some five centuries, it houses numerous rare treasures and curiosities.

Until 1924 when the last emperor in China was driven out of the Inner Court, 14 emperors of the Ming dynasty and 10 emperors of the Qing dynasty had reigned here. About 500 years being the Forbidden City, it houses numerous rare treasures and curiosities. It is now listed by the UN as World Cultural Heritage in 1987 and is the hottest tourist magnets.

Nowadays, the Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum is open to tourists from home and abroad. Splendid painted decoration on these royal architectural wonders, the grand and deluxe halls, with their surprisingly magnificent treasures will certainly satisfy 'modern civilians'.
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