The structure is made up of five towers, meant to resemble a phoenix in flight when viewed from above. The doorway through the central tower was for the Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors exclusively, though the empress was allowed to pass through this central gate on her wedding day. The door directly to the west was for the royal family, while the one to the east was for imperial officials. The final two doors were only used during ceremonies at the palace.
Tours & Tickets
Small-Group Historical Tour of Beijing Including Forbidden City, China World Trade Tower and Local Brewery
This half-day sightseeing tour takes you on a journey from Beijing’s imperial past to its future as a mega metropolis. You’ll gain an architectural and ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a full day excursion to the two top must-sees in Beijing - The Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Your tour experience is pure cultural and no tourist ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)