Two of the main tourist attractions in Beijing, and China for that matter, are located in the center of the city. Tiananmen Square leads directly into the Forbidden City through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen) famously known for its portrait of Mao Zedong. The Forbidden City dates back to 1406 and housed the emperors from the Ming to Qing dynasties. The palace complex consists of 980 buildings and will take a large portion of your day to visit. The Forbidden City is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seeing both of these sights and the nearby parks, Behai and Jingshan, would make for a nice all day adventure. The Forbidden City has a daily ticket quota so it is best to get there early.
To get to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, take subway line 1 to either Tiananmen East or West station and follow signs. You can also get there easily from Qianmen subway station on line 2.
• Visit this website for further information about Forbidden City.
• A detailed guiding map of Beijing Forbidden City, showing names and positiong of important houses. Click here.
• An English Outline Map of the Forbidden City. Click here.