The Forbidden City

Camille Powell, Reporter

The Forbidden City is in Beijing China. It is called that because in the past, commoners were prohibited from entering without permission, only imperial families and invited high officials could enter. In 1925 the Forbidden City became a museum. If you go in the low season (November to March) the tickets cost 40 Yuan or $6, and if you go in the high season (April to October) the tickets are 60 Yuan or $9. The Forbidden City is the world’s largest collection of well-preserved medieval wooden structures. The details of the architecture are very astounding.


The visiting hours are usually 8:30 am to 5:00 pm every day. From October 15 to April 15 it closes at 4:30 pm. In summer they open at 8 am to make the visitor traffic easier. Outside the city, it is composed of a ceremonial Outer Court and a residential Inner Court. There are no trees in the outer court. The City was home to 24 Chinese emperors. As of late 2018, over 80% of the palace is expected to be open to visitors. When someone visits the Forbidden City, most go to Jingshan park where you get a bird’s eye view of the entire area.