28 imagesForbidden City is not only the top attraction in Beijing and China but also the world’s most visited site. Imperial City was the domain of 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors before becoming the Palace Museum in 1925. Within 180 acres are nearly 1,000 historical and gorgeous structures. Use this travel guide to enjoy your self-guided tour.
15 imagesAs you approach the Temple of Heaven’s South Gate, imagine it is 1724. You are part of the 3,500 person (plus elephants) parade escorting Qianlong Emperor to his three-day religious ceremony praying for a good harvest and future. This ancient site – the largest in Beijing – was revered by every Chinese emperor from 1420 until 1911. You will thoroughly enjoy this walking tour of the highlights.