Beijing Tour To Forbidden City -
The Imperial Palace
The name Forbidden City is a term
used by Westerners to refer to the Imperial Palace. It is actually
the Imperial Palace and the surrounding grounds. The meaning of
"Forbidden City" dates back to the time, prior to the
1911 Revolution, when entrance into the Palace grounds through TianAnMen
Gate was forbidden to ordinary people.
Built in the early fifteenth century (1406-1420
A.D.), it is also called the Palace Museum or the Old Palace. As
you pass through TianAnMen Gate you will enter a walled courtyard.
Although you cannot see them, on either side of this courtyard are
many gardens and halls. Of particular interest if you have time
might be the Imperial Ancestral Temple, which is to the right, and
the Sun Yat-Sen Park, on the left.
Covering an area of 175 acres (72 ha.), the Palace
is enclosed by walls over 35 ft. (10.4 m.) high and surrounded by
a moat 57 yd. (52 m.) wide. Today this moat is still full of water.
Four watchtowers are placed, one at each corner. Used as the imperial
palace by both the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911 A.D.), it
is the largest and most complete group of ancient buildings standing
The halls and palaces which comprise the Imperial
Palace are all built of wood and brick. With a total of over nine
thousand rooms, most of the Palace has undergone some reconstruction
to repair damage caused by fire and other ravages of time during
the long years of its history. Throughout you will find typical
masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture. Two notable examples
are the ingeniously constructed watchtowers and the magnificent
Hall of Supreme Harmony.
To further insure the Imperial Palace would be
given special protection, in 1961 the Chinese government decreed
that the entire area be considered one of China's "most important
The Palace Museum, with four gates, has
its main entrance to the south, known as the Meridian Gate. This
is the gate you will approach as you continue along the cobbled
roadway from Tian An Men. The Imperial Palace is divided into two
ceremonial areas: the Outer Palace and the Inner Court. Through
the Meridian Gate and across the Golden Water Bridge, one comes
to the Gate of Supreme Harmony, the main gate of the Outer Palace.
The main buildings in the Outer Palace are the Hall of Supreme Harmony,
the Hall of Complete Harmony, and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.
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Day Private Beijing Tour To Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square,
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