Beijing - Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central (PDF Chapter)

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This is the Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central chapter from Lonely Planet’s Beijing guidebook.

The most historically significant part of Běijīng, Dōng­chéng Central comprises much of what was once the Imperial City, at the heart of which lay the Forbidden City, from where emperors ruled China for more than 500 years.

  • marvel at the might and splendour of the Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex and the place 24 consecutive emperors of China called home
  • maps
  • place yourself at the symbolic heart of the Chinese universe with a visit to Tiān’ānmén Square
  • transport
  • enjoy a show or just stare open-mouthed at the sci-fi architecture of the National Centre for the Performing Arts
  • restaurants & bars

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

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