In the Forbidden City (Beijing) - slide-show

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In the Forbidden City (Beijing) - slide-show

Postby long_way » Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:35 pm

The Forbidden City (Zijin Cheng, 紫禁城, Zǐjinchéng; literally "Purple Forbidden City") was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.

It is located in the middle of Beijing and now houses the Palace Museum (故宫博物院, Gùgōng Bówùyùan). Today, the site is most commonly known in Chinese as Gugong (故宫, Gùgōng), which means the "Former Palace." If you ask passers by where is the Forbidden City you should use the name Gùgōng.

For almost five centuries, it served as the home of the Emperor and his household, and the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.

Since 1924, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artefacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

You will need one full day to visit the Forbidden City and it is recommended that you go there early in the morning before thousands of Chinese tourists arrive, at least you will have a head-start.

For more detailed information please go to

This slide show is made of pictures taken in September of 2005: ... 5717003602

If you want see the same pictures (more or less) but with comments next to almost every picture then go to:

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