An important part of Chinese history
The Forbidden City became the home to the Ming and Qing dynasties including their families and servants which span for more than 500 years. Located in the heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City is actually a mini-precinct city. It has been a cultural and political hub of China for more than half a millennium.
When Emperor Pu-Yi, China’s last emperor, was ousted in 1912, the palace was converted into a museum and declared a World Heritage site in the 1980s. Since then, it has become a popular tourist attraction in China.
In 2012, only 30 percent of the Palace complex is open to the public. The Palace Museum is open until 5 PM only, except for visiting VIPs and special instances. Until now, about 80 percent of the sprawling complex can be visited by tourist. By 2020, 85 percent of the mini-city is expected to be opened to the public in line with the Palace’s 600th anniversary.
By next year, another part of the Forbidden City will be opened, including the 27-acre Qianlong Garden. It was virtually left untouched by succeeding emperors, hence preserving all the building in its original forms.
More traditional culture awareness
Despite the Palace Museum being more than half a millennium old, it is still appealing especially among the younger generation. Add to that is the state’s continuous efforts to restore historical relics inside the Palace Museum complex. The state featured documentaries about the important pieces within the Palace premises and their crucial role in the country’s social and cultural development.
The Palace Museum paved way for other historical museums to make it relatable to the public and to preserve its culture and heritage. With the Forbidden City’s reopening after more than 90 years of isolation, it is a great opportunity for the public to appreciate and learn China’s colorful culture and tradition.