Ancient History in Beijing
Beijing is an ancient city with a rich history and culture dating back to over 3,000 years, today, Beijing is the center and home of the greatest historical landmarks and monuments from imperial China.
Beijing has a fantastic blend of historical tourism sites and modern 21st century technology and lifestyle!From the world famous Great Wall of China to the, Summer Palace, and Ming Tombs to WangFuJing, Tianmen Square,the past is so alive here!
A landmark of China's Imperial dynasties is the Forbidden City.It was the imperial palace for 24 emperors from the Ming Dynast and Qing Dynasty. The forbidden palace has an impressive defense, surrounded by 33 ft high and 3km long city walls, and encircled by 52 meter wide moat and 3.8km long, named the Outer Golden River. There is also an inner moat named the Inner Golden River. The Palace is called the "Forbidden" City because commoners were not allowed to even approach the city walls.
The last Dynasty in Chinese history fell in 1911, and the last emperor Puyi (1906 - 1967) lived in the inner court of the forbidden city until 1925, at which time it was converted to a museum, and was open for public touring,a must see in touring Beijing!