Heart of the City
You are collected from your hotel and taken to the centre of Beijing. This morning, you will walk through the expanse of Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, where you pass several monuments, including the mausoleum that houses Chairman Mao’s remains. The northern gate of the square features a portrait of the PRC’s founding father, and is also the gate through which you enter the Forbidden City.
Once in the Forbidden City you walk in the steps of emperors. It was completed in 1420, and was home to 24 emperors, the last of which left Beijing in 1924. The entire imperial complex is reputed to have 9,999 rooms, which at its peak housed up to 10,000 people. Discover for yourself why the 170 acres were forbidden to common people as you stroll through what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture in the world.
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