After a heavy downpour last night flushing away the smog, one can really see the difference in the sky the next day. I didn’t want to miss the lovely weather today and decided to visit one of the most historical monument in China, the Forbidden City. For centuries, the Forbidden City (紫禁城) was the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty and served as home to emperors and their households. It was also the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. In 1987, the Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. The Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum since 1925 and today, the site is most commonly known as Gùgōng (故宫) which means Former Palace. Personally, I still prefer to call it the Forbidden.
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