For me the word forbid never exists as I believe that every single place should be explored while on holiday. So here I was with my family ready to take on the Forbidden City which was basically the Chinese imperial palace of the Ming dynasty to the end of Qing dynasty. The most fascinating aspect of this place I felt was the long years of the rule of dynasties, right from the years 1420 to 1912.
After a hearty breakfast we all decided to hire a cab but then instead took the subway line 1 for the sake of travelling locally, to soak in the beautiful culture of this ancient country. We got off at the Meridian gate from where the entry is. Basically the tour commences in a unidirectional south to north itinerary.
We thanked our lucky stars that we reached the place by 9:30 as the visiting timings are from 8:30 to 17:00 hours only. Also I had found out the museum issues only 30,000 tickets while the other 50,000 are available online. Luckily I had booked the tickets online which saved us the trouble of standing in queue at the ticket counter.
We stood in Gu Gong, meaning the city Centre admiring the imperial palace of twenty-four emperors. We read up the ancient story that was connected to it, according to which the ancient Chinese philosophers said the Purple star was the center of heaven and the heavenly emperor lived in the palace. The palace on earth for the emperor was called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter here without the permission of the emperor, so it took the name, the Forbidden City.
Going around the 52 –meter moat which surrounded the palace museum, we caught sight of the wall that was 10 meters high. And then from the gates of the wall which were there on both sides we read that there were 8,700 rooms within this palace. How hugely, inspiring it appeared to us. My wife and I posed under the delicate carved towers on the four corners of the curtain wall. From here we also enjoyed uninterrupted view of the city as well as the palace. At the end of the day, I thought to myself, no wonder it is declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.