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Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Purple Forbidden City, viewed from Jingshan Hill.
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About the Forbidden City

Flag of the Qing DynastyThe Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties in Beijing were the very center of Chinese imperial power, the center of the world - in an imperial point of view.
The complex of buildings was the Imperial City, within lies the 'Forbidden City' (Chin.: 紫禁城; zǐ jìn chéng, or the „Purple Forbidden City“ or Chin.: 故宫, gù gōng „Emperor Palace, heavenly palace“). Today the complex is formally called Palace Museum.

For almost five centuries, the Emperor Palace served as the home of the Emperor and his household. No commoner or foreigner was allowed to enter it without special permission. The complex consists of almost 1000 buildings on an area of 720,000 square meters, it is surrounded by a 8 m high city wall and a six-meter deep, 52-meter wide moat. It is the largest cluster of well preserved ancient buildings in the world. Construction began in 1406 and took about 14 years.

Satellite view is showing the Forbidden City in Beijing China. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty (see: Chinese Dynasties), located in what is today Beijing in the Dongcheng District.

On the map you will find the description of the main buildings of the Forbidden City. Zoom out to see the Temples of the Sun (in east), the Moon (in west), Earth (north) and the Temple of Heaven (south of Forbidden City.)
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Coordinates (WGS 84): 39° 54′ 53″ N, 116° 23′ 26″ E
previous landmark: Empire State Building, New York City next landmark: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

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