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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 near Forbidden City

288 hotels near Forbidden City

1 Hilton Beijing Wangfujing

5 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng Map

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

2 Raffles Beijing Hotel

5 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews

33 East Chang An Avenue Map

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

3 Jade Garden Hotel Beijing

4 stars
4.5 / 5 14 reviews

No.1 Nan He Yan Street, Dongcheng District Map

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

4 Hotel Kapok Beijing

4 stars
4.6 / 5 23 reviews

16 Donghuamen Street Map

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

5 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

6 Waldorf Astoria Beijing

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

5-15 Jinyu Hutong Dongcheng Map

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

7 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

8 Tian An Rega Hotel Beijing

4 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

Tianan Mansion Hualong Jie, Nanheyan Map

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

9 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

10 Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

No.42 Xinghua Hutong Xicheng District, Back Lakes (Hou Hai), Beijing, China Map

Shichahai Sandalwood Boutique Hotel features classic Chinese and modern design, contemporary amenities and convenient services set close to the heart of Beijing. For a taste of local art and... More