Take in the regal atmosphere of Beijing's Forbidden City, the seat of power of China's imperial dynasties for nearly 500 years. Comprised of nearly 1,000 separate buildings, more than 8,700 rooms, and surrounded by a 7.9 meter (26 ft) high city wall, to say that it is imposing would be an understatement. It is also the world's largest surviving palace complex. Today, it houses the Palace Museum which contains a collection of Chinese art that is unequalled anywhere in the world. First opened to the public in 1925, many peoples' window into the city has been through the Oscar winning film The Last Emperor. Residing in the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City has become a big tourist attraction. Getting there is relatively easy using the subway. It's only a stone's throw from Tiananmen Square. Make it an obligation to visit this grand complex. It's an experience that will make you appreciate what the word "imperial" truly means.
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- Location: Beijing, China