Note: Please do bring your passport on the day for the entry of the Forbidden City!
During the dynasties the Imperial palace existed only as an idea to most people. It was the root of power. A mysterious presence that balanced heaven and earth. Present yet concealed right in the middle of the Capital. Stories of the castrated eunuch servants , the beautiful concubines and not least the vast amount of treasure in the palace were told all around the empire, but surrounded by a more than 10 meter high wall, no commoner could freely take a glance at the Imperial residence in fact people did not even know what the emperor looked like. This was what earned the palace the name the Forbidden City. Today we can freely enter, hordes of people are everyday moving through the most sacred halls of Imperial China, but what is kept away from us, what we can not readily access is the mindset, the ideas so deeply rooted in the imperial architecture.
“A Crash Course to the Forbidden City” is a humble attempt to unlock the meaning behind the chambers of the palace. In a condensed and hopefully entertaining way. We wish to give you a comprehensive history of the palace from it was built 600 years ago till the last boy-emperor finally left in 1924.