Forbidden City (Chinese Zijin Cheng) is situated in the heart of Beijing, China, and was the home of 24 rulers of the Qing and Ming Dynasties and now serves as the Palace Museum. It was built by the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and it took fourteen years from 1406 to 1420 to construct this magnificent contraction.
The complex covers 720,000 m2 and consists of 980 buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms. After the Chinese Civil War museum’s former collection was separated and the part of it is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei but both museums descend from the same institution.
The Forbidden City is a typical example of Chinese architecture and is one of five world-famous palaces with the Buckingham Palace in England, the Palace of Versailles in France, the Kremlin in Russia, and the White House in the U.S. The Palace Museum has become a real treasure of Chinese historical and cultural relics and we see that it is considered to be one of the top 5 most important worldwide palaces.
The Forbidden City, the world’s biggest ancient extravagant structure, is the Chinese best conserved royal palace. The Outer Court and the Inner Court are the main 2 parts of the palace. Some halls are converted into art galleries to exhibit bronze wares, paintings, stoneware, clocks and other precious treasures. It is impossible for one to see every corner of the palace in a single day.