A trip to Bejing, China wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the largest palatial structure in the world and is one of the five most important palaces in the world. The Chinese government takes pride in this historical monument and spends time and money in its preservation. It was home to 24 emperors stretching from the Ming to the Qing Dynasties which is a span of over 650 years.
The Forbidden City is a busy tourist attraction. Before my family visited, we knew little of the Chinese history regarding the Forbidden City. While I tried to read a little about it on the internet, I actually gleaned more from watching The Last Emperor.
My boys had more fun imitating art than reading about it but they still had an amazing cultural experience, even if they didn’t appreciate it at the time.
The Outer Court is made up of three main buildings, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony. We took so many pictures, I can’t get them sorted which is which.
The Inner Court made of up three main structures. the Palace of Heavenly Peace, the Palace of Union and Peace and the Hall of Terrestrial Tranquility. There are also six Easter Palaces and Six Western Palaces. These were the living quarters of the emperor.