Forbidden city map + best travel routes

2019-12-02   Leo Kui      0

Located in the heart of Beijing, the Palace Museum is approached from the south through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian’anmen). Ten-meter-high walls and a fifty-two-meter -wide moat surrounding the palace. Measuring 961 meters from north to south and 753 meters from east to west, the expansive architectural complex covers an area of 1,110,000 square meters. Each of the four sides has one gate, namely, the Meridian Gate (Wu men) on the south, the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu men) on the north, the Eastern and Western Prosperity Gates (Donghua men and Xihua men).

Immediately to the north of the Palace Museum is Prospect Hill (Jing shan, also called Coal Hill), while the Wangfujing and Zhongnanhai neighborhoods lie to the east and west, respectively. Visitors will be excited to find a wide variety of historic sites, scenic parks, shopping malls, museums, and theatres in the vicinity of the Forbidden City. Conveniently located bus stops and subway stations provide easy access to transportation.

How to make the best of your day and don’t miss the most interesting architectures and stories inside? How to travel the Forbidden City and save your time?

A.  2 hours walking route

1. 午门 Meridian Gate (Wumen)
2. 太和门 Gate of Supreme Harmony (Taihemen)
3. 弘义阁 Pavilion of Spreading Righteousness (Hongyige)
4. 太和殿 Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihedian)
5. 中和殿 Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghedian)
6. 保和殿 Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
7. 乾清门 Gate of Heavenly Purity (Qianqingmen)
8. 乾清宫 Palace of Heavenly Purity (Qianqinggong)
9. 交泰殿 Palace of Union and Peace (Jiaotaidian)
10. 坤宁宫 Hall of Terrestrial Tranquility (Kunninggong)
11. 御花园 Imperial Garden
12. 神武门 Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwumen)

B. Half-day travel route

1. 午门 Meridian Gate (Wumen)
2. 武英殿 Hall of Military Prowess (Wuyingdian)
3. 太和门 Gate of Supreme Harmony (Taihemen)
4. 太和殿 Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihedian)
5. 中和殿 Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghedian)
6. 保和殿 Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
7. 乾清宫 Palace of Heavenly Purity (Qianqinggong)
8. 交泰殿 Palace of Union and Peace (Jiaotaidian)
9. 坤宁宫 Hall of Terrestrial Tranquility (Kunninggong)
10. 东六宫区 East 6 palaces(Dongliugong)
11. 斋宫 Fast Palace
12. 宁寿宫区前朝(珍宝馆) Jewelry hall
13. 宁寿宫区后寝(珍宝、戏曲二馆和珍妃井)Changyinge and Zhen Fei well
14. 神武门Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwumen)

C. 1-day walking route

1. 午门 Meridian Gate (Wumen)
2. 武英殿 Hall of Military Prowess (Wuyingdian)
3. 文华殿(书画馆)Hall of wenhua (Painting and calligrapher)
4. 太和门 Gate of Supreme Harmony (Taihemen)
5. 太和殿 Hall of Supreme Harmony (Taihedian)
6. 中和殿 Hall of Central Harmony (Zhonghedian)
7. 保和殿 Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
8. 乾清宫 Palace of Heavenly Purity (Qianqinggong)
9. 交泰殿 Palace of Union and Peace (Jiaotaidian)
10.坤宁宫 Hall of Terrestrial Tranquility (Kunninggong)
11.养心殿 Hall of Mental cultivation (养心殿)
12.西六宫区 west 6 palaces
13.御花园 Imperial Garden
14.东六宫区 East 6 palaces
15.奉先殿(钟表馆)Clock Hall
16.宁寿宫区(珍宝馆、戏曲馆) Jewelry hall
17.神武门 Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwumen)

 

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