China

The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City is in the center of Beijing. This palace complex was the home to the Emperors during the Ming and the Qing dynasties, from 1420 to 1912. There are 980 buildings in the complex which are a beautiful example of traditional Chinese architecture.

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Tiananmen Door or Gate of Heavenly Peace
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Gate of Supreme Harmony
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Imperial guardian lion
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Hall of the Supreme Harmony
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Hall of the Supreme Harmony
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Courtyards
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Courtyards

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Dragon turtle. Mythological creature that symbolizes courage, determination, fertility, longevity, power, success, and support.
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Palaca of Heavenly Purity

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Dragon sculpture
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Dragon sculpture
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Painting
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Emperor’s robe
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Emperor’s robe description
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Traditional Chinese pottery
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Layout of the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is in front of Tiananmen Square. There you will find the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of People, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. There are strict security controls to access the Mausoleum and pictures are not allowed.

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Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

 

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