At the direct center of Beijing is the historically significant Forbidden City. This served as the imperial palace during both the Ming and the Qing dynasties. In 1987, the area was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site because of the large part it has played in Chinese history. The city was built during the Ming dynasty from the years 1406 to 1420. It occupies an area of 720,000 square meters, and there are about 8,700 rooms in the complex. The Forbidden City is protected by a high city wall and a wide moat. Visitors outside of the city can see majestic turrets at each its four corners. The Forbidden City's Outer Court is used for ceremonies, and the Inner Court is the residence of the Emperor and his family. In total, twenty-four emperors have ruled China from the Forbidden City.
Opening Hours: April 1st-Oct 31st: 8:30-17:00 Ticketing time: 16:00 (including watches Museum, Treasure Hall) Nov 1st-Mar 31st: 8:30-18:30 Ticketing time 15:30 (including watches Museum, Treasure Hall)
Entrance Ticket: Peak season: CNY60; Low season: CNY 40; Watches Museum: CNY 10; Treasure Hall: CNY 10
During Hours: 2-3 hours
Address: No.4 Jingshanqianjie, Dongcheng district, Beijing