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Forbidden City Beijing China
Forbidden City Beijing
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
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Situated in Chaoyang, the Kerry Hotel offers a stylish base while visiting Beijing, and also includes a fitness centre, indoor tennis courts and a Jacuzzi. The city centre is only an easy drive from the hotel.
The Kerry Hotel is a 5-star hotel with a range of modern luxuries including a kids pool and a coffee bar. The hotel employees are available 24-hours a day and can book tours and tickets. The hotel's multilingual staff will be happy to provide dining suggestions and help you organise your stay in Beijing.
Rooms at the Kerry Hotel are contemporary and modern, and feature slippers, in-room movies and a mini bar. All rooms feature a private bathroom including a bathrobe and amenities. Complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities and a hair dryer are also provided in each room.
Guests can wake up to a buffet breakfast every morning, before setting off for a day of sightseeing in Beijing. Room service is provided around the clock, and a large variety of dining options can also be found in the vicinity of the hotel. The hotel's restaurant serves international, Chinese and Beijing cuisine.
Beijing's attractions, including China Central Television Headquarters and China World Trade Center Tower III, are within an easy walking distance of the Kerry Hotel. The hotel is situated less than a 20-minute walk from Beijing Central Business District.
Meridian Gate, the front entrance, is the largest gate in the Forbidden City. It is located at the southern end of the central axis of the palace city. It was built in 1420, the eighteenth year of Yongle in the Ming Dynasty
Hall of Preserved Harmony
The Hall of Preserving Harmony, located behind the Hall of Central Harmony, is the third hall in outer court. Its construction was also completed in 1420, during the Ming Dynasty. The implied meaning of the name is preserving the unity in one's inner spirit, and sharing harmony in the world.
Hall of Supreme Harmony
The Hall of Supreme Harmony is the largest hall within the Forbidden City. It is located at its central axis, behind the Gate of Supreme Harmony. Built above three levels of marble stone base, and surrounded by bronze incense burners, the Hall of Supreme Harmony is one of the largest wooden structures within China.
It was the location where Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty Emperors hosted their enthronement and wedding ceremonies. The name of the Hall was changed from Feng Tian Dian to the current one by the Shunzhi Emperor of Qing Dynasty.
Together with the Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony, the three halls constitute the heart of the Outer Court of the Forbidden City.
Gate of Supreme Harmony
The Gate of Supreme Harmony is the second major gate encountered when entering the Forbidden City from the south.
The gate was originally built during the Ming Dynasty, when it was called Fengtianmen. Following the Qing conquest of China, the gate was given its present Chinese and Manchu name. The gate burnt down in 1886 due to a fire started by a tipped lamp in the guard room. The present gate dates from the rebuilding after this fire, which was completed in 1894.
Hall of Central Harmony
The Hall of Central Harmony, built in 1420 in the reign of Yongle in the Ming Dynasty, is located behind the Hall of Supreme Harmony The name of the Hall has a close relationship with Confucian principles, and means keeping harmony between people and environment It is the smallest of the three halls in the outer court, covering 580 square meters.
Forbidden City Imperial Guardian Lions
A Qing-era guardian lion pair within the Forbidden City. Note the different appearance of the face and details in the decorative items, compared to the earlier Ming version
Palace of Heavenly Purity
The Palace of Heavenly Purity, or Qianqing Palace is a palace in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. It is the largest of the three halls of the Inner Court (the other two being the Hall of Union and the Palace of Earthly Tranquility), located at the northern end of the Forbidden City.
During the Qing dynasty, the palace often served as the Emperor's audience hall, where he held council with the Grand Council.
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