The Forbidden City - Be An Emperor For A Day

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Off limits for 500 years, the Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing was finally opened to the masses in 1949. This is a huge complex and China's most spectacular architectural structure. It was home to 24 emperors in two dynasties, the Ming and the Qing.

It's an amazing walk around...

... temples and halls...

Temples and Halls at the Forbidden City

... gates and passageways...

Temples and Halls at the Forbidden City

... towers and lookouts...

Temples and Halls at the Forbidden City

... terraces and balustrades...

Temples and Halls at the Forbidden City

...courtyards, gardens, plazas...

Temples and Halls at the Forbidden City

...the same paths that were walked by Emperors more than 600 years ago...

Some Forbidden City Trivia for Kids

Chinese Lions guard the entrances of Halls. Always in pairs you find them in the front, guess which one is the male, which one is the female?

Forbidden City Chinese Lion

You have to look at the paws, the Male Lion always has a ball under his paw, the Female Lion has a Lion Cub.

Forbidden City Chinese Lion

What's up with those huge pots in front of the temples?

Forbidden City Bronze Cauldron

These Bronze Cauldrons used to be filled with water in case of fire.

What are the figures on the roofs?

Forbidden City Roof Guardians

These are the Roof Guardians which were supposed to protect the building from fire and evil spirits. The higher the number of roof guardians the more important the building and its occupant.

There's 9,999 rooms in the Forbidden City, so needless to say, it would take a few trips to see even half of them, but don't worry, not all of them are open to the public and at some point or another, there is always maintenance and refurbishment work going on.

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And as impressive and overwhelming as the entire complex was, the kids weren't that impressed with the crowds, the heat and the sheer size of the whole thing, after a while, everything started to look the same to them...

Specially if you come in the summer, which is when most families take advantage of the long vacation, the heat presents quite a challenge. If you are taking a tour, make sure your tour guide knows that long explanations in the sun about all the history, earthquakes and fires are not necessary.

If the kids start acting up, here's plan B. I recommend keeping it as short as possible and heading over to Beijing's Beihai Park, which is only a short walk from the Palace. Here, you can unwind, rent one of those pedal boats and go around the lake for a half-hour or so. It really is a beautiful park:

White Stupa at Beihai Park near the Forbidden City

Lake at Beihai Park near the Forbidden City

Check out our Beijing Map for this and other Beijing Attractions' locations.

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