If you are the kind of person who fascinates adventures, discovering new culture and much of an explorer, then China is the best place for that with their 5000 years of History. Chinese civilization dates back thousands of years ago. And while their turbulent modern history colored some cultural perspectives, there is still much to see and learn.
The Forbidden city is one of the great ancient architectural heritages and one of the only imperial palaces still standing in China at this time. It is a World Heritage Site declared in 1987 by UNESCO. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the people of the world. Places designated as World Heritage sites make up some of the best interested and well-preserved places to visit in China.
The Forbidden City served as residence for the emperors of the two last dynasties, Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911). It was built in only 14 years between 1406 and 1420 when the 2nd emperor of the Mingle, Yongle, moved the formal capital city of Nanjing to Peking. The forbidden city was cut off form the world until 1924 when Puxi, the last emperor, was kicked out of it.
The complex consists of 980 buildings and covers over 180 acres with a wall of 10 meters high! More than 200 000 artisans contributed to its construction. High-quality materials from Gangshou quarries for the stone and Sichuan, Hunan and Guizhou for the wood were used for the construction.
The palace is a perfect example of the Chinese urban and architectural aesthetic.
According to legend, the Jade emperor possesses a 10 000 rooms palace in the sky so his son, the earth emperor, could not have the same privilege.