The Forbidden City in Beijing, China now known as the Palace Museum is located to the north of Tiananmen Square, rectangular in shape it is the world’s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat and a 10-meter-high wall and inside there are more than 8,700 rooms. The Forbidden City is divided into two parts. The southern section or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation.
The northern section or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Until 1924 when the last emperor of China was driven from the Inner Court, fourteen emperors of the Ming dynasty and ten emperors of the Qing dynasty had reigned here. Listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987, the Palace Museum is now one of the most popular tourist attractions world-wide.
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