The Forbidden City

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The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The construction of the grand palace started in 1406, in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty, and ended in 1420. The Forbidden City covers an area of about 72 hectares with a total floor space of approximately 150,000 square meters. It consists of 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms. In 1987, it was nominated as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. The Palace Museum is a treasure house of Chinese cultural and historical relics.

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