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Beijing, Forbidden City

The Forbidden City or Forbidden Palace, located at the exact centre of the ancient city of Beijing, China was the imperial palace during the mid-Ming and the Qing Dynasties. Known now as the Palace Museum (Chinese: 故宫博物院; pinyin: Głgōng Bówłyłan), its extensive grounds cover 720,000 square meters, 800 buildings and more than 8,000 rooms. As such, it is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world, and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 as the "Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties". The Imperial Palace Grounds are located directly to the north of Tiananmen Square and are accessible from the square via Tiananmen Gate. It is surrounded by a large area called the Imperial City.

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Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Golden River, Forbbiden City  Beijing
Golden River, Forbbiden City Beijing
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Golden River, Forbbiden City  Beijing
Golden River, Forbbiden City Beijing
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Decorative vent
Decorative vent
North Entrance
North Entrance
Golden river
Golden river
Forbidden City, Building with water pots
Forbidden City, Building with water pots
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Golden river Bridge and Wumen (Meridian Gate)
Golden river Bridge and Wumen (Meridian Gate)
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Fu Dog, Forbidden City
Fu Dog, Forbidden City
Door Studs
Door Studs
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Jongshan Park, overlooking the Forbidden City
Jongshan Park, overlooking the Forbidden City
 Stone Dragon Head, Forbidden City
Stone Dragon Head, Forbidden City
Ni hao!
Ni hao!
Elephant statue in Forbidden City
Elephant statue in Forbidden City
Chinese Door Ornament
Chinese Door Ornament
Water Pot Ornamentation
Water Pot Ornamentation
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Fu Dog, Forbidden City
Fu Dog, Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Fu Dog
Fu Dog
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Benches
Benches
Ceiling of one of the buildings in the imperial garden
Ceiling of one of the buildings in the imperial garden
Fu Dog
Fu Dog
Yuehuamen (Gate of Lunar Glory)
Yuehuamen (Gate of Lunar Glory)
Treasures of the Forbidden City
Treasures of the Forbidden City
Entry to Yang Xin Dian
Entry to Yang Xin Dian
Yang Xin Dian (Hall of Mental Cultivation)
Yang Xin Dian (Hall of Mental Cultivation)
Arches near Tiren (Tower of Manifest Benevolence)
Arches near Tiren (Tower of Manifest Benevolence)
Golden River Forbidden City
Golden River Forbidden City
 Stone Dragon Head, Forbidden City
Stone Dragon Head, Forbidden City
The Gate of Heavenly Peace
The Gate of Heavenly Peace
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City