The Forbidden City of China is also called the Imperial Palace and it now goes under the official name of The Palace Museum. This particularly famous tourist sop in Beijing, China has been a place of mystery and wonder for more than half of a millennium.
Imperial Palace of Ancient China
The Forbidden City served as the imperial palace for the Ming Dynasty up towards the end of the Qing Dynasty. This huge complex is located right at the epicenter of Beijing, China, and for more than 500 years it has been home to 24 Chinese emperors (14 from the Ming Dynasty and the 10 were from the Qing Dynasty) as well as their households. This gigantic place also served as the Chinese government’s political center and ceremonial palace during it heydays.
The Last Emperor of the Forbidden City
It was in the year 1912 when the Forbidden City ceased to be China’s political centre when the Last Emperor of Chine, Piyi, had abdicates his throne. The emperor though remained in the Inner Court under the New Republic of China, as the Outer Court was opened for public use.
The Palace Museum
In 1925, the Palace Museum was established within the Forbidden City, but World War II forced the Chinese government to evacuate the treasure in the Palace. Some of the treasures have been returned to the museum after the war, but those that have been evacuated to Taiwan stayed there and became the significant treasures on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei.
The Modern Forbidden City
The Palace and its grounds were declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987 and was given the title: Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. It is now open to the public and tourists can enjoy its grandness and beauty.