September 25, 2008
Located in the very center of Beijing, the Forbidden City is China's largest and best-preserved set of ancient buildings. Construction began in 1406 during the reign of the third Ming emperor, taking 14 years to complete. This complex served as the Imperial Palace for 491 years, spanning two dynasties.
The grandeur of the Outer Court is very imposing with its big buildings and wide open courtyards. You can imagine scenes from "The Last Emperor" as you walk through the whole maze of the palace compound. After a while though, the palace buildings do get a bit repetitive.
Furthest inside is the beautiful Imperial Garden, which breaks the monotony of the complex. It should be quite relaxing there, but the hustle and bustle of tourists deny you that luxury.