Check out these 10 Interesting Facts about the Forbidden City in China. How many of these do you already know?
First of all, the city is not forbidden, but entered by many people in China and from around the world. For anyone who wants to experience Chinese history, visiting the Forbidden City in Beijing, the capital city of China, is a must. The site is one of the best-preserved medieval complexes of buildings in the world and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage. Also, the Forbidden City is the home of the last emperor.
1. The Forbidden City in China is a very large complex located in the center of China’s capital city, Beijing. The Forbidden City has at least 1000 buildings (including palaces, temples, as well as rivers, parks, and lakes) over a 720, 000 square meters in area. It is also the largest ancient palace in the world.
2. The Forbidden City is known as the Forbidden Purple City or Gugong in Chinese, which means the Emperor’s Palace or Former Palace.
3. The construction of the Forbidden City was ordered by Emperor Chengzu of the Ming Dynasty in 1406. The Forbidden City is over 600 years old, and it took 14 years to build (1406 to 1420). The Forbidden City served as a fortress to protect the emperor and his family, and it is surrounded by a 26 feet high wall and a 170 feet wide moat.
4. More than 100,000 artisans and craftsmen, and a total of up to a million workers were involved in building the Forbidden City.
5. The Forbidden City was originally decorated with dragons, stone animals, and staircases lined with yellows and reds, and the wall of the Forbidden City was painted red to symbolize joy.
6. The Forbidden City was the home to the Ming and Qing Dynasties until 1911 when the republican revolution took over the Palace.
7. Until 1911, people were not allowed to enter the Forbidden City unless they gained the Emperor’s permission.
8. In 1925, the Forbidden City palace was created into a Palace Museum and opened to the public for viewing in 1950.
9. The Forbidden City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
10. With over a million artifacts and historic goods, this Palace is visited by thousands of tourists every day from all over the world. Also, the movie The Last Emperor was filmed inside the Forbidden City.