BeiJing Tour 360° Panoramas
The five prime colors used throughout the palace are white, black, red, yellow and blue. Terraces were built using white marble, black paving for the gardens and courtyards, red columns and bright yellow roofs are drawn against the blue background. The building of the Forbidden City began in 1406 and required one million workers and 100,000 artisans to complete this extraordinary work of art. The palace today serves as a modern day museum with artwork, calligraphy and other artifacts are put on display for visitors to admire.
The Forbidden City occupies an area of 720,000 square meters (177.9 acres) and has approximately 8,700 rooms. A high red wall with a total length of 3,400 meters (3,718 yards) surrounds the palace. There are four gates in each side, with Meridian Gate (Wu Men) as the main entrance. The palace consists of two main sections, the inner court and outer court. The inner court is separate to that of the outer court and was where the Emperor and his family resided.
The Inner Court was home to the Emperor and his families, the main building within the Inner Court were the Palace of Heavenly Court, Palace of Heavenly Purity and the Palace of Earthly Tranquility. The Emperor resided in the Palace of Heavenly Purity as he represented the heavens and Yang, whereas the Empress represented earth and Yin she would reside in the Palace of Earthly Tranquility.
When entering into the Outer Court of the Forbidden City you must pass through Meridian Gate, which is the southern gate of the city. There are 5 entrances that are guarded by pavilions known as the 5 Phoenix Pavilions. Once entering through the Meridian Gate you will come across the Golden Water Bridges where there are 5 bridges, during the dynasty period the middle bridge which was the largest was reserved for the Emperor and the four other bridges were for other royals and court officials. The main highlight of the outer court has to be the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.
Apart from the wonderful architecture the Forbidden City also has a spectacular Imperial Garden. The garden is 130 meters wide from east to east, 90 meters from south to north, and occupies an area of 12,000 square meters. Within the garden there are several hundred year old pines, cypresses and Chinese Wisteria. There are over 20 halls, pavilions and towers in the various styles are symmetrically located on the eastern and western sides of the central axis. The paths in the garden are paved with colored cobbles with over 900 patterns.
1. Bus Routes: 1, 20, 82, 120, 126, 203, 728 getting off at Tiananmen East Stop.
2. Bus Routes: 1, 10, 22, 37, 52, 205, 802 getting off at Tiananmen West Stop.
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1st November – 31st March: 40 Yuan
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