Information About the Imperial Palace in China

Information About the Imperial Palace in China
The Imperial Palace in China, also referred to as the Forbidden City, is an ancient architectural complex located in the heart of Beijing. It is also called the Palace Museum, as it has become China's largest museum of cultural relics.


Constructed between 1406 and 1420, the Imperial Palace in China held 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. This center is the largest and most intact complex of ancient architecture that exists today.


The Forbidden City covers a total area of about 720,000 square meters and its layout is symmetrical; the buildings form a line from north to south, forming a central axis running through all of old Beijing city, with the imperial throne located at the center of the axis.

Material Composition

Most buildings in the palace wooden, sitting upon blue and white foundations of stone and roofed with yellow-glazed tiles. The palace is surrounded by stone walls, with three-story towers at each corner and a moat surrounding the palace.

Palace Museum

The complex is also referred to as the Palace Museum, exhibiting relics, artwork and sculptures.

Fun Fact

In 1987, the Imperial Palace in China was added to the world cultural heritage list.

Article Written By Justin Higgins

Justin Higgins has traveled throughout South America. He writes articles that appear on various websites with a focus on travel and science-related topics. Higgins is a graduate from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology.

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