2What is it?It was the home and center of power for 24 emperors during the mid to latter Ming and Qing dynasties.It was used for over 491 years (between 1420 and 1911)Rectangular in shapeWorld's largest palace complex960 meters from north to south and 750 meters from east to west, it covers 720,000 square meters.
3HistoryIn the early 1400s, the third Ming Emperor, YongLe, moved the capital of China to Beijing.In 1406, he began construction of a new 'Forbidden City' that would include the imperial palace complex.
4Where is it located? It is located in the exact center of the Beijing The Forbidden City is located directly to the north of Tian'AnMen Square and is accessible from the square via Tian'AnMen Gate.
7More InfoIt serves as a symbol of sovereignty and the image of its entrance gate appears on the seal of the People's Republic of China.White marble, walls of terra-cotta, roofs of glazed golden tiles, and woodwork finished with vermillion paint, lacquer and gilding
8More Info cont Five elemental colors white marble terraces black paving of the courtyardsred columnspurple walled citygolden yellow rooftops
9The Forbidden City Today Today, the Forbidden City is a public museum, drawing the attention of millions of travellers and tourists from around the worldNow officially renamed as the 'Palace Museum' (Gu Gong)People can view the traditional architecture and the treasures of the imperial family and its court.
10Forbidden City Today cont Recently, the Forbidden City has been under a major renovation that has limited visitors to a few areas. However, it remains open and the great majority of places are accessible.It holds about 1 million treasures such as gifts of state, military campaign treasures, and the furnishings and possessions of members of the imperial household.
11Fun Facts Surrounded by a six meter deep, 52 meter wide moat Estimated that 12 million bricks were required for the outer wall aloneFive halls, seventeen palaces, and numerous other buildingsReputed to have a total of 9,999 roomsThe buildings represent the largest and best-preserved examples of Chinese traditional architecture found today