Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, and Gu Gong in Chinese, is situated at the city center of Beijing, and once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911).
During the imperial period, people were forbidden to enter the palace without special permission of the emperor. Therefore it is named ‘The Purple Forbidden City’, usually ‘The Forbidden City’.
In year 1925, after five hundred years of ups and downs, honor and humiliation, the doors of the Forbidden City were finally opened to the public.
Built inside the Forbidden City, the Palace Museum’s main collections are mainly from the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty. It is also the largest museum of ancient culture and art in China.
Since January 1, 2014, the Palace Museum is regularly closed on every Monday for maintenance purpose except public holidays and the summer vacation (1st July – 31st August).
The Palace Museum has the world’s largest and best preserved wooden structure palace group. It is the pride of the China and precious cultural heritage in the human history.
The scenery of the grand Forbidden City is different in four seasons, it is the most fascinating in the snow in winter.