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Beijing - Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central (Chapter)

10th Edition Apr 2015

This is the Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central chapter from Lonely Planet's Běijīng guidebook.

Packed with essential sights, and at the very heart of Běijīng, this is the area you'll likely be spending many of your days in. Imperial palaces, temples, socialist-realist architecture, parks and museums jostle for space here.

  • marvel at the might and splendour of the awe-inspiring Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex and one-time home of 24 emperors of China
  • maps
  • place yourself at the symbolic heart of the Chinese universe with a visit to iconic Tiān'ānmén Square
  • transport
  • explore the area's imperial hútòng on a cycling tour of the historic alleyways surrounding the Forbidden City
  • restaurants & bars

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping and Sports & Activities.

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