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Forbidden City

Inscribed: 1987 Criteria: C (iii) (iv)

Seat of supreme power for over five centuries, the Forbidden City, with its landscaped gardens and many building (whose nearly 10000 rooms contain furniture and work of art), constitutes a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

——WHC,UNESCO

 

Located in the very center of Beijing, the Forbidden City, known as the Palace Museum, was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Forbidden City was built by the 3rd emperor of Ming Dynasty in the early 15th century. With a vast army of 10000 craftsmen and 1 million laborers involved. The construction took 14 years from 1406-1421.Since then they were 26 emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties ruled from the Forbidden City for over 500 years.
Forbidden City divided into two parts: outer court and inner court, where the outer court was the place for ceremonies which marked great occasions and met the high officals.The inner court was the living palaces of the Emperors and Empresses. In 1925 the Forbidden City was converted into a museum and opened to the public. It is the largest piece of ancient Chinese architecture still standing.

Address: The Palace Museum, 4 Jingshan Qianjie Beijing,100009,China
Hours:
• OPEN Tuesday - Sunday
• CLOSED Monday (except for national holidays and July-August)
Admission: The Museum accepts MasterCard, Visa, and PayUnion cards for ticket purchase.
• April 1st – October 31st : 60 yuan
• November 1st – March 31st : 40 yuan
• For entrance to the Treasure Gallery (Zhenbao guan, where the Stone Drum Gallery is also located) and to the Hall of Clocks (Zhongbiao guan) additional 10-yuan tickets are necessary.
• Children under 120 cm in height are free of charge.
• Special 20 yuan tickets are available for China's elementary, middle school, and university students (including foreign students studying in Chinese universities) with valid
Transportation:
By Bus:
• To the Meridian Gate(Wu men), take bus No.1, 10, 120, 126, 2, 52, 59, 728, 82, 99, Zhuan 1, Zhuan 2 to "Tian'an Men East" (Tian'an men dong).
Or take bus No. 1, 10, 22, 5, 52, 728, 99, Zhuan 1, Zhuan 2, to "Tian'an men West" (Tian'an men xi).
(Please note that the Merdian Gate is the ENTRANCE of the museum)
• To the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu men), take bus No. 101, 103, 109, 124, 609, 685, or Zhuan 1 and Zhuan 2, to "Gugong". (Please note that the Gate of Divine Prowess is the EXIT of the museum)
By Subway:
Take Line 1 to "Tian'an men East" (Tian'an men dong) or "Tian'an men West" (Tian'an men xi).
Parking:
There is no parking outside the north and the south gates of the Palace Museum. The following public parking lots are located in the vicinity of the Forbidden City:
*Outside the East Prosperity Gate (Donghua men) ;
*In the back street of Jingshan Park;
*In front of the Front Gate of Beihai Park
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Museum via public transportation.
Taxi Stands:
According to the local traffic regulations, taxis are not allowed to stop at the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu men). Visitors exiting this gate need to walk further either east or west to hail a taxi. Taxis are not available along Chang'an Avenue, which is in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an men), the southern access to the Meridian Gate.
Facilities: Information Points
The Museum has information points at
-The Gate of Supreme Harmony (Taihe men)
-The Archery Pavilion (Jian ting)
Audio Guide
-Audio guides are available at the entrance. Languages: Arabic, Bangladeshi, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Mongolian, Myanmarese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese
-Rental fee per unit:
20 yuan for Mandarin and Cantonese.
40 yuan for other languages.
-Please return the audio guide before exiting.
Tour Guides & Docents
Paid tour-guide service is available at the Meridian Gate (Wu men) and the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu men) in Mandarin and English.
-Routes, duration, and prices for groups no more than 5 people:
*Central axis: 1 hour, 200 yuan
*Central axis and west route: 1.5 hours, 300 yuan
*Central axis, west route, and Treasure Gallery: 2.5 hours, 400 yuan
-Tel:(8610) 8500-7427
-An extra 20 yuan per person will be charged for groups of more than 5 people.
-Docents are available at the Hall of Clocks and the Treasure Gallery, in Mandarin and occasionally in English.
Luggage
Before entering the museum, visitors are required to deposit luggage at the left-luggage offices, and to receive a security check. Visitors are encouraged to travel light, especially during the holidays, to avoid waiting in long queues.
Accessibility
The Museum is accessible to wheelchair users via the barrier-free route that is specially designed for visitors with mobility difficulties . The route is illustrated here.
Paging Service, Lost and Found
Paging and lost-and-found services are available at the office west of the Gate of Good Fortune (Jingyun men).
ATMs
At the entrance to the Hall of Clocks:
Bank of China (BOC)
ATM: VISA,MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Cirrus
At the entrance to the Treasure Gallery:
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)
ATM: VISA,MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Diners Club International, UnionPay
Lavatories
Lavatories in the Museum are equipped with barrier-free toilets for visitors with disabilities.
Lounges
Lounges are located at:
-The Left Gate of Inner Court (Nei zuomen)
-West of the Meridian Gate (Wu men)
-Gate of Loyal Obedience (Zhenshun men)
Loan of Equipment
Strollers, wheelchairs, and umbrellas are available at the entrance.

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