Wanderlust Wednesday: Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Here at Root River Realty, we can not wait to be able to safely start traveling again, and exploring this beautiful world and what it has to offer. Hence why we love featuring different magical locations every week, this one being like no other The Forbidden City, in Beijing China! Since we may not be able to visit these amazing places right now, why not learn about them through our posts, and start dreaming up your next adventure? This place has so much history and it truly is a place we have added to our bucket list! Read our info below and you will see why...

When to go: The best tourist season to travel is from late March to early June and from late August to late November. During these periods, choose someday not on the weekdays and holidays to avoid the crowds of people.

Sleep: The PuXuan Hotel and Spa is just minutes away from the Forbidden City and Beijing’s main commercial and shopping district. A true gem in the very nerve center of the Chinese capital.

The Peninsula Beijing offers a combination of timeless Chinese artistry and craftsmanship. This is a Premier All-Suite Hotel which offers cutting-edge technology and superlative service in the heart of China’s dynamic capital.

Eat: TRB Forbidden City is described as one of Beijing's most iconic locations with stunning views of the Forbidden City. Located in a building alongside the former Imperial palace's eastern moat. While the menu has French cuisine in its DNA, the Modern European approach with inventive and harmonious adaptations to local ingredients is what they aim to deliver.

Black Sesame Kitchen is a reservations-only dining experience offering a set menu of ten courses and two wine pairings in an open kitchen where you'll learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine.

Amazing facts about the Forbidden City:

1. The Forbidden City took 14 years to build (from 1406 to 1420).

2. It was built by over 1,000,000 workers, including more than 100,000 craftsmen.

3. It was the imperial palace of China for 492 years (1420–1912).

4. It was the home of 24 emperors — 14 of the Ming dynasty and 10 of the Qing dynasty

5. It has 980 buildings in over 70 palace compounds, with over 8,700 rooms.

6. It is surrounded by a 10-meter-high wall, which is 3.4 km (2 miles) long.

7. It has a 52-meter wide moat round it.

8. It hosts 14 million visitors per year, a maximum of 80,000 visitors per day.

Forbidden City-Imperial Palace

The Forbidden City falls into three parts: The Defenses (moat and wall), the Outer Court and the Inner Court.

1. The Defenses

Around the city there is a 52-meter wide moat as the first line of defense.

For security the Forbidden City is enclosed by a 10-meter-high defensive wall. At each corner of the Forbidden City, there stands a magnificent watchtower.

Visitors enter the Forbidden City through Tian'anmen, "Gate of Heavenly Peace". Through the gate, across an expansive brick-paved square, you will reach the main entrance to the palace, the Meridian Gate (Wumen in Chinese).

2. The Outer Court

The outer court has three main buildings:

  • The first hall is Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihedian), the most important and largest structure in the Forbidden City. The emperors' Dragon Throne (Longyi) is in this hall.

  • The second is the Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghedian), the resting place of the emperor before presiding over grand events held in the Hall of Supreme Harmony.

  • The last is the Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian), used for banquets and later for imperial examinations.

(Above: Hall of Supreme Harmony)

3. The Inner Court

Out from the Hall of the Preserving Harmony, you will notice a huge block of marble carved with cloud and dragon designs. Go straight, and you will see another gate, called the Gate of Heavenly Purity (Qianqingmen). This is the main gateway to the inner living court.

Within the inner court there are three main structures:

  • The first is the Palace of Heavenly Purity (Qianqinggong), the emperors' sleeping quarters.

  • Behind it is the Palace of Union and Peace (Jiaotaidian), where the imperial seals were stored.

  • The third is the Hall of Terrestrial Tranquility (Kunninggong), the emperors' wedding room.

(Above: Palace of Union and Peace)

Besides the three main buildings there are the six eastern palaces and six western palaces which have been converted into exhibition halls and display a spectacular set of imperial treasures.

There is just too much to see and explore, and way too much for us to write about, so if you would like more information about the Forbidden City and Tours offered please visit:


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