The Forbidden City

The city made for emperors!!!

The forbidden city

The Forbidden City is a translation of the Chinese name Zijin Cheng, and was called the forbidden city for the fact that only the emperor, his family, and the servants were allowed to live there. All others except for guards and government officials were forbidden to even set foot in it. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty ( A.D 1420-1912 ). The forbidden city is located in the centre of Beijing, China and now houses the palace museum. It served as the home of the emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years. the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 180 acres. The forbidden city is surrounded by walls, and within the walls are three stately halls used for religious and government ceremonies that are separated by vast open spaces. The forbidden city has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World heritage site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.Carved dragons, and peacocks appear everywhere, and streams filled with goldfish flow among the buildings, and gardens with various flowers greet the eye.