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A City Not So Forbidden Anymore

by Author Unknown

The Forbidden City was home to the Emperors of China for nearly five centuries from the Mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty, during which time it was also the ceremonial and political location of the Chinese government. Located in the Dongcheng District in the middle of Beijing it is an excellent place to visit and attracts visitors in their numbers all year round as it now houses the Palace Museum and is open to the public. The city was built between 1406 and 1420, comprising of 980 buildings and 8,707 rooms. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, the Forbidden City is also home to the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

 

Being situated in the middle of Beijing makes the Forbidden City an attractive proposition for those considering a holiday in China as staying in the area also leaves the Great Wall of China within a day-tripís distance. Cheap hotels and affordable flights as well as transport links in and around the city make the area a pleasant one to visit. The cultural diversity and exciting cuisine also make for a good discovery. Many of the Olympics attractions will remain open after the Paralympics have finished, such as the swimming pool and its competition diving boards for a fun day out.

 

The Forbidden City cuts an imposing and beautiful figure out of the landscape. As soon as you enter its Meridian Gate entrance, flanked by two protruding wings, you sense that you are entering something special. The architecture is widely regarded as the best example of Chinese architecture in the world and has been the inspiration for many buildings across central Asia.  As difficult to escape as to break into, the City was built to be impenetrable to any attacking forces and, as such, the walls were never breached. The outer walls are 7.9 metres high and 6.6 metres wide with guard towers at each corner. Surrounding the walls is a 6 metre deep, 52 metre wide moat. These serve as reminders that the city was built with defence in mind and make it a fascinating destination for lovers of architecture and history.

 

The Forbidden City is another example of Chinaís great ability to construct beautiful and timeless architectural wonders, encompassing Chinese style with military might. With the Great Wall of China not too far away, the Forbidden City makes Beijing a good place to visit indeed.

 

If you are thinking of taking a trip to China then make sure you take out some decent travel insurance before you leave, try a reputable provider like AA Travel for a quote.

 

 

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