An introduction to the Forbidden City, Beijing

Formally known now as the Palace Museum.


Established in 1925, the Palace Museum comprises the primary imperial palace of two consecutive dynasties - the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911). The magnificent architecture, and the vast collections of imperial paintings, calligraphy, ceramics and decorative objects, make it one of the most prestigious museums in China - and, indeed, the world.


In 1961 the imperial palace was designated by the State Council as one of China's foremost cultural heritage sites, and in 1987 it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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