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Forbidden City

Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: China
Best of: Palace, Museum
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty¬óthe years 1420 to 1912. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years. Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere.
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