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Or called "Purple Gold Palace", it is the best-kept and largest imperial dwelling in China. The Forbidden City stands in the center of Beijing. It is protected by high walls and a moat on all four sides and consists of dozens of halls and courtyards. The emperors of two dynasties, 24 emperors of the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties, lived here with their families and hundreds of court ladies and palace eunuchs. From their throne in the Forbidden City they governed the country by holding court meetings with their ministers, issuing imperial orders and initiating military expeditions.

The Forbidden City was completed in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. The construction took 14 years. It had been the scene of many important events affecting the course of Chinese history, including political struggles and palace coups, some of them extremely tragic, until the last emperor was finally expelled by republican troops in 1924. The Forbidden City was renamed as the Palace Museum and opened to the general public. It is one of the largest and best - preserved palace complexes in the world. There are over a million rare and valuable objects in the Museum. I am sure you can get much knowledge about Chinese history from here.

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