Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City (Beijing, China)

China- Beijing- Tiananmen Square 103.21.2013- The Forbidden City, just past Tiananmen Square, is where the emperor resided in Beijing.  Only the emperor was allowed to enter certain parts of the complex, while others the empress, concubines, court officials, and eunuchs could utilize.  The regular population of Beijing was forbidden from entering the grounds, thus the name.  It takes up a huge section of land–its perimeter is over 2 miles long, encompasses 9,999 rooms, and has approximately 800 buildings.  Like a lot of places in China reserved exclusively for the use of the emperor and his family, it gives you a pretty good idea why the Chinese eventually revolted against these traditions and excesses.



  1. Technically, this is Tiananmen, which is the entrance to the Imperial City during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Within that is the Forbidden City, entered by the Meridian Gate.

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