Beijing is one of the world’s most dynamic and fast-paced cities and is an incredibly exciting place to visit. The contrast between ultra-modern architecture (eg, CCTV tower, bird’s nest, water cube) and the old buildings still preserved in an old city like Beijing is enough to spark everyone’s interest. Is it your first time visiting Beijing? You would later regret it if you missed a visit to the Forbidden City! The Forbidden City is a fascinating historical wonder that embodies traditional Chinese architecture. The Palace Museum is also located in this world-famous historical site, where a massive collection of artifacts is on display. Due to its huge size, there are few things that every tourist should do to make his or her trip to the Forbidden City enjoyable and memorable :
Hire a reliable tour guide (and possibly a car or a driver)
Forbidden City is very big. Although you can visit the city alone it is important you hire a reputable tour guide who can help you in exploring this magnificent city easily. you may not know where and what to see when you visit here and therefore the best option is to hire only reliable tour guides whether it is a full day or half-day tour. They are best if you have limited time. Never hire the so-called ‘free tour guides they may be corn people.
Make sure to Go early and avoid the holidays!
Palace Museum always opens at 8;30 in the morning .It is important you come early to avoid crowds. Forbidden City is always crowded but coming early enough will help you beat the crowd. It is recommended you avoid visiting the place during the holidays, especially October 1 .it is a national day and many people flock here.
How to get to the Forbidden City in Beijing?
Here is a simple guide on the Best Way to Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing
In the Forbidden City (Palace Museum, Gugong), you can get to Beijing via subway line 1 at Tian An Men West or Tian An Men East train stations, as well as from the bus stops of the same name on lines 1,4,52 and 728, which are conveniently located on Chang. You can get to the street. Also, the Gougon Bus Station on lines 101, 109, and 810 is located at the northern gate of the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City consists mainly of outer and inner courts, which served as working and living quarters for imperial families in the Ming and Qing dynasties, in which all buildings are symmetrically located along the central south-north axis.
As the seat of state affairs for the emperors, the outer court consists mainly of three palaces: the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Central Hall of Harmony, and the Hall of Harmony, as well as the largest and largest Hall of Harmony, 60.1 m long, 33.33 m wide and 35.05 m in height. Brilliantly, where the emperor ascended the throne, he held a wedding ceremony, conferred titles of nobility, appointed generals, and helped the army in attacking enemies. Thousands of officials and soldiers stormed the emperor with hundreds of instruments at the same time during the holiday, which perfectly personified the sovereignty of the emperor. Behind the Supreme Hall of Harmony is the Central Hall of Harmony, which served as the emperor’s resting place until he performed a grand ceremony in which the emperor also made a pilgrimage to government officials.
The court consists of the Heavenly Peace Palace, the Union and Peace Palace, and the Earth Peace Palace, as well as six eastern and six western palaces that were used as homes for the emperor and his nuns. To the north of the courtyard is the Imperial Garden, where the imperial families were reunited.
Currently, the Forbidden City is building vast exhibition halls, which house more than 1,050,000 well-preserved works of art, which house 1/6 of China’s cultural relics, and the Forbidden City is China’s largest museum and a world-famous art museum with rich collections.
What to see in the Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is made up of 980 buildings with over 7,800 rooms that house many treasures of Chinese civilization as well as numerous shrines. To this end, we strongly recommend that you enrich your transfers around the Forbidden City with large palaces, collections of historical and priceless objects, as well as several places where the aromas of interesting legends and anecdotes are still preserved.
Highlights of the event include the Palace Museum’s extensive collection of ceramics and porcelain, which includes nearly 340,000 items, including 320,000 items from the Imperial Collection. Mainly belonging to the Song and Tang dynasties, some of the outstanding ceramics on display are special items made by order of the emperor or the palace itself. The museum’s 50,000 collection of powerful paintings is ridiculous as it houses the largest collection of pre-dynastic yuan paintings in the country. The world’s largest collection of mechanical watches from the 18th to the 19th century. The clock room in the museum is a real find for stopwatch lovers. The gallery displays both locally made and imported clocks, as well as clocks made by the workshops of the Suzhou and Guangzhou palaces.
The Museum’s Bronze Art Gallery is also an interesting site, as it houses 10,000 priceless items, of which about 1,600 depict inscriptions from the pre-Qin period. The ceremonial bronzes of the Imperial Court are almost as attractive as the Jade Institute exhibition, which displays 30,000 priceless magical items. His oldest works are from the Neolithic period. The collection includes the Ming and Zig dynasties, who served on the palace family farm and also received gifts from the emperor from various regions of China.
Forbidden City has many interesting attractions but below are a few you cannot miss.
The Hall of Supreme Harmony acted as the place for holding court ceremonies in old times of emperors e.g. weddings, military occasions, conferences.
Palace of Heavenly Purity; This is the place where the Emperor lived. It is featured by a very beautiful emperor’s throne which is described as the seat of heaven. when visiting the forbidden city you will not miss this.
The Palace of Earthly Tranquility; is located in the court of the palace museum.it was the residence for the emperor .the emperor and his wife had their wedding night in this palace.
Jade in the Forbidden City; This stores pieces of ancient jade. Of course you should not miss this palace for wonderful collections of antiques.It is also the best place to learn about China’s history.
The forbidden city has many things to offer for anyone who comes here. What are you waiting for to book your flights to Beijing and explore this amazing landmark? Cathay Pacific airline has flights from Hong Kong to Beijing.