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The Forbidden City: A Must-Go Place in Beijing

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Located in the center of Beijing city, the Imperial Palace (the Palace Museum), was known as the Forbidden City, which was the palace of emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The site includes unrivalled ancient masterpiece architectures - the largest and best-preserved ancient wooden architectural complex in the world. The Imperial Palace in Beijing refers to the palace complex where emperors were living and handling governmental affairs before the ending of Chinese feudal dynasties, and now it refers to the Palace Museum in Beijing. It was announced as the first national key scenic spot under protection by the State Council in 1961, extensively restored since 1950s or 1960s, listed in “World Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO in 1987, and designated as the Palace Museum of National 5A tourist attractions today.

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