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The Forbidden City


The Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City was the imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties, known as the Palace Museum. The consitruction took 14 years and was finished in 1420.

In the following years, the capotal of the Ming Dynasty was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. Twenty-four emperors, 14 in the Ming and 10 in the Qing dynasties ruled from here.

The last dynasty fell in 1911, but Emperor Puyi still lived in the Inner Court until 1924, when he was thrown out of the palace by the troops of General Feng Yuxiang. After that, the palace was opened to the public as the Palace Museum and it was no longer forbidden to the common people.

The Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City located in the centre of Beijing, covering an area of 72 hectares. It is rectangular in shape, 961 meters long from north to south and 753 meters wide from east to west.

There are total 9999.5 rooms in the whole clmplex. There is a 10-metre-high wall, encircled by a 52-metre-wide moat.

The Forbidden City is the largest piece of ancient Chinese architecture still standing. Some of the buildings were damaged by lightning and rebuilt in the Ming and Qing dynasties. It had beed expanded several times, but the original layout was preserved.

After liberation, some costly renovations were done and the Forbidden City is listed as one of the important historical monument under special preservation by the Chinese Government.

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About the Forbidden City

-- Hall and the Courtyard of Supereme Harmony
-- Meridian Gate
-- Hall of Supreme Harmony
-- Hall of Complete Harmony
-- Hall of Preserving Harmony
-- Huge Stone Carving
-- Hall of Clocks and Watches
-- Treasure Hall
-- Hall of Mental Cultivation

-- Six Western Palaces
-- Six Eastern Palaces
-- Palace of Heavenly Purity
-- Hall of Union
-- Palace of Earthly Tranquility
-- Imperial Garden
-- Nine Dragon Screen
-- Mysteries of the Palace Roofs
-- The Legend of Wacth Towers


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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Small Group TourCool --- from US$36
Classic City Bus Tour, visit Beijing's highlight attractions to touch the face of the metropolitan city on this one-day tour. Departure: daily.

Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square Small Group Tour --- from US$29
Not have much leisure time, but eager to catch the highlights of Beijing, join this, enjoy the three most popular scenic spots in a one-day bus tour. Departure: daily.

2-Day Beijing Group Tour Package A --- from US$70
1 day Badaling Great Wall & Ming tombs group tour.
1 day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace group tour.
Enjoy 2 Chinese lunches on the tour.
Enjoy comfortable air-conditioned coach.
Daily Departure Small Group Tours.
Enjoy Airport Private Transfer Service

2-Day Beijing Group Tour Package B --- from US$74
1 day Mutianyu Great Wall and Underground Palace (Dingling)small group tour.
1 day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace group tour.
Enjoy 2 Chinese lunches on the tour.
Enjoy comfortable air-conditioned coach.
Daily Departure Small Group Tours.
Enjoy Airport Private Transfer Service

4-Day Beijing King Parkview Hotel Small Group Tour Package --- from US$159
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Beijing King Parkview Hotel(3 star, located in Wangfujing) accommodation & Pick up from hotel to the airport.

4-Day Beijing Dongfang Hotel Small Group Tour Package --- from US$170
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Beijing Dongfang Hotel (4 star, including breakfast) accommodation, then pick up from hotel to the airport.

4-Day Jinqiao International Garden Apartment Beijing Coach Tour Package --- from US$199
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Jinqiao International Garden Apartment accommodation including breakfast & Pick up from hotel to the airport.

Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Home Port 4-Day Group Tour Package including Jinqiao International Garden Apartment Accommodation --- from US$257
Pick up from Beijing airport, stay in Jinqiao International Garden Apartment (4 star hotel service apartment, near Jianguomen/Beijing Railway Station area) 3 nights and 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour, then transfer to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port (now replacing the former Xingang Port) in Tianjin.

Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Home Port 4-Day Group Tour Package including Wangfujing Grand Hotel Accommodation --- from US$260
Pick up from Beijing airport, stay in Beijing Wangfujing Grand Hotel (5 star deluxe hotel located in Wangfujing Area) 3 nights and 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour, then transfer to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port ( now replacing the former Xingang Port) in Tianjin.

4-Day Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Small Group Tour Package --- from US$310
Pick up from airport to hotel, join 2-day Beijing Badaling Great Wall & Forbidden City Coach Tour & Including 3-night Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing (5 star, including breakfast) accommodation, then pick up from hotel to the airport.

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