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Forbidden City

For nearly five hundred years the mysterious Forbidden City in Beijing was home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty, as well as the political and social centre of the Chinese empire. The 980 buildings that make up this walled palace compound were built in classical Chinese palatial architecture and constitute the largest collection of ancient wooden structures found anywhere in the world. Now millions of visitors each year penetrate the high walls of the Forbidden City to stroll through the ornate courtyards, halls and throne rooms, each of which is highly decorated with symbolic artwork.

  • Visit the Inner Court, where the Palaces of Heavenly Purity and Heavenly Tranquillity were once the residence of the Emperor and Empress and represent the contrasting forces of Yin and Yang.
  • Marvel at the golden throne in the Forbidden City's Hall of Preserving Harmony, where the emperor once sat and presided over Beijing.
  • Walk the courtyard around the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the largest wooden structure in Beijing that rises thirty metres above the square and was the ceremonial centre of imperial power.

The Forbidden City is Beijing's most popular attraction and is located at the heart of the city so it can be reached in a number of ways. Passengers using Subway line 1 should get off at the Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East station and walk north to the Meridian Gate. There are also many bus routes with stops in the area, so the best plan is to use a combination of public transportation and walking. Driving in this crowded city is not for the faint of heart and should be avoided, as the traffic is heavy and the roads confusing.

Hotels in Forbidden City

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From US$137

1 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

5 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng Map

China Summer Sale Breakfast!

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing welcomes leisure travellers to luxurious accommodations located in the lively downtown of the China capital. This contemporary Beijing hotel offers tourists easy access to... More

From US$172

2 Raffles Beijing Hotel

5 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

33 East Chang An Avenue Map

Book 14 Days In Advanced & Save 20%

Offering comfortable accommodation and excellent services, the Raffles Beijing Hotel has long stood as a symbol of Beijing's historical heritage and has become one of the city's most distinguished... More

great location
Good staff services, though some staffs seem to be inexperienced. Great location, next to the forbidden city and a plaza where you could find food quite easily. Easy access to subway line 1. With...
10 Apr 2015
From US$88

3 Crowne Plaza BEIJING WANGFUJING

5 stars
2.7 / 5 3 reviews

No. 48 Wangfujing Avenue,Dongcheng District Map

Casual but elegant, the Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing is an ideal place for any patrons, business or leisure. GeneralThis hotel also comprises of 9 well equipped meeting rooms that are ideal to host... More

nearby shopping
the location is good and nearby are shopping malls. room was good with extra extension power point. the staffs are friendly and willing to help with direction.
22 Dec 2014
From US$56

4 Tian An Rega Hotel Beijing

4 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

Tianan Mansion Hualong Jie, Nanheyan Map

book 7 days in advance & Save 20%

A Chinese-inspired palace with modern amenities and close proximity to the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, Tian'an Rega Hotel Beijing offers a convenient and stylish haven for travellers... More

From US$111

5 Hotel Kapok Beijing

4 stars
4.5 / 5 24 reviews

16 Donghuamen Street Map

Include Breakfast

Assuring comfortable accommodation blended with quality service, this hotel makes you to enjoy all the privileges, for an unforgettable stay. GeneralConference facilities are also available at the... More

Great Location
Hotel Kapok was very close to the tourist areas, very modern. The staff were very friendly and very obliging when you ask for things to be brought to your room, but communication a little bit...
9 Apr 2015
From US$59

6 BEST WESTERN Grandsky Hotel Beijing

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

A District Konggang Tianzhu Shunyi District Map

Equally suitable for business and leisure travellers in Beijing, Best Western Grandsky Hotel Beijing features modern accommodations, equipped meeting facilities and proximity to the airport. In the... More

From US$58

7 Chinese Culture Holiday Hotel Nanluoguxiang

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

No. 291 Andingmen Inner Street Map

Offering modern accommodations and favourable city location, Tang House Nanluoguxiang Hotel Beijing makes for a suitable base ideal for business and leisure travellers. While in Beijing, tourists... More

From US$290

8 Waldorf Astoria Beijing

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

5-15 Jinyu Hutong Dongcheng Map

China Summer Sale Breakfast!

Waldorf Astoria Beijing welcomes travellers to luxurious spaces housed in a high-rise building teeming with top-notch facilities strategically positioned in the heart of Beijing. This deluxe hotel... More

From US$72

9 Jade Garden Hotel Beijing

4 stars
4.3 / 5 15 reviews

No.1 Nan He Yan Street, Dongcheng District Map

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Offering superior service and unlimited comfort in an intimate and welcoming environment, the Jade Garden Hotel is a perfect place for an unforgettable stay. GeneralBusiness travellers can avail... More

acceptable but bad service
The hotel presents itself very well, located in a historical building nearby a night food market, but far from any subway station or airport bus. The room was quite comfortable, with the only bad...
7 May 2015
From US$63

10 Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing

3 stars
4.5 / 5 52 reviews

1 Nanwanzi Bystreet Map

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Set amidst old trees, Days Inn Forbidden City Beijing is a charming courtyard-style establishment offering quality accommodation and favourable location. It allows visitors to experience Chinese... More

Day's Inn Forbidden City
great experience--wonderful location, delicious breakfast.
7 Aug 2014
Prices reflect the lowest "base rate" found over the next 30 days. Rates are subject to change and may not include taxes and fees, hotel service charges, extra person charges, or incidentals, such as room service. Converted rates are provided for your convenience. They are based on today's exchange rate, but the hotel will charge you in the local currency. Taxes may be payable in addition.
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