Also named the Palace Museum, this structure is located at the very center of Beijing in the vicinity of Tiananmen Square. The history of the Forbidden City dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). For more than five centuries, it served as the royal palace for Qing and Ming Dynasties. It was called “forbidden” because you were only allowed to enter with emperor’s special permission.
Forbidden City spreads on more than 74 hectares of the surface with gate walls on all sides and the distance between them of approximately 1,000 yards. There are two sections – the Inner Court where the Emperors and their families lived and the Outer Court, where they exercised their power.