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The city that got the ultimate makeover

Beijing is not the city it once was. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends entirely on your point of view. Well over a million people have been evicted from their homes to make way for the capital’s astonishingly rapid development, but the result is a more sophisticated, more worldly and more tolerant city. Groundbreaking architecture, plush five star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants now rub shoulders with relics of the city’s past, be they street hawkers, traditional neighborhoods or UNESCO World Heritage sights.

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Emperor's living area at Gu Gong.
Entrance from Gu Gong.

Gu Gong (The Palace Museum)

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Gu Gong (The Palace Museum)

Very complete museum detailing Chinese culture and history

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Gu Gong (The Palace Museum) is a very complete museum detailing Chinese culture and history. It is located within the Forbidden City, which was a royal site for both the Ming and Qing dynasties. There are over 700,000 relics from the Qing dynasty and over a million pieces of artwork.

Gu Gong (The Palace Museum) is China’s largest museum. Not only is it full of China’s treasures, the building itself is a fascinating piece of architecture. While it is not the same palace that the Ming emperor built, it is an impressive structure.

Gu Gong (The Palace Museum)
Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Phone
86-10-85007422, 85007421