Forbidden City, Beijing
It is recognized as one of the most important five palaces in the world. Such a name was given because it’s forbidden to ordinary people before... Forbidden City was the scene of many significant events affecting the course of Chinese history.
It’s just amazing to visit this place because of the struggle! From the main gate, you will be overwhelmed by a massive number of tourists falling in line to come inside… it’s like when people are lining up to get relief goods! The security is very tight. from the underpass, a security check is done and another security check in the main gate’s path.
Directions: Take subway line 1, get off at Tiananmen East Station (Exit A) or Tiananmen West Station (Exit B), find the Tiananmen Tower, and then walk north to the Meridian Gate
"Harmony" is the common word in the description of the several spaces of the Forbidden City. The smallest one is "complete".
Why? Don't ask - I didn't read that much. It was used by the emperor to rest, in his way to the Hall of Supreme Harmony, more than 15 meters distant, however, I think that he could do the journey in a single day.
While the Outer Court is where the large ceremonies and public events were held, the Inner Court is where the Emperor and his Family (plus the concubines) lived and is off limits to most people except for the eunuchs. Besides the hundred of rooms at the periphery of the Inner Court where many of the high officials and concubines and eunuchs of the emperor lives, the inner court also consists of three halls . From the south, these are the Palace of Heavenly Court (where the emperor had his quarters), Hall of Union, and the Palace of Earthly Tranquility (for the empress) plus the imperial garden, Hall of Mental Cultivation, Palace of Tranquil Longevity and a lot more.
Opens: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm everyday except monday (closed)
Admission Fee is: 60 RMB per person
separate admission fee of 10 RMB for entrance to Treasure Gallery and 10 RMB for entrance to Clock and Watch Gallery.
Combo Ticket that includes admission to Treasure Gallery and Clock and Watch Gallery is 80 RMB per person
Address: In the Center of Beijing.
Directions: Subway Line 1: get off at Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East Station, walk north through the Tiananmen Tower (Gate of Heavenly Peace), and then you'll find the Meridian Gate (south gate)
Phone: +86 10 8500 7428