Along with the Great Wall, the Forbidden City is the main attraction of Beijing. This imperial city, located in the heart of Beijing, is the largest palace complex in the world and had for over five centuries, this place was prohibited for ordinary mortals. While emperors, harems, palace staff and euneuchen lived for decades in the private domain, the public had no idea what was happening behind the walls of 10 meters high and 8 meters thick. To this the Forbidden City takes its name.
The city was built in the 15th century by Ming Emperor Yongle. The huge complex housed 23 more emperors after Yongle 23 (for a total of two dynasties) across five centuries. It is China’s largest heirloom from the period when the emperors were reigning.
Fortunately, you can now visit the complex, and marvel at the beautiful historic buildings, courtyards, halls, palaces, gardens and galleries.