China Imperial Palace - The Forbidden City
Imperial Palace - The Forbidden City
called the Imperial Palace, the Forbidden
City is situated in the heart of Beijing.
was the residence of twenty four emperors
from the Ming and Qing dynasties from 1368
The Chinese Imperial Palace was
constructed from 1406 to 1420. Known also as
the Palace Museum, the Imperial Palace is
one of Beijing’s most sought after
attraction in the city by tourists.
For almost five hundred years, the place
known as the Forbidden City has sparked
hushed conversations among the
country’s locals since ordinary folk were
not allowed to enter it.
The intrigue and
mystery surrounding the Imperial Palace is
mostly based on the rituals and ceremonies
that only those surrounding the Emperor and
his family knew about.
Several of the most intriguing secrets of
the Palace were revealed through the
of the artisans who
worked and served within the Imperial Court.
The precious gifts and ornaments left behind
also provide a clue on how life inside the
Palace was, especially when the Qing Dynasty
ruled the land from the seventeenth to the
The dynasty of the Qing was China’s last
ruling family and their reign ended with the
last emperor, Xuantong Puyi, in 1911. Puyi’s
life was re-enacted in the Academy award
winning movie, The Last Emperor, which was
directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.