20 Breathtaking Wonders Of The World You Have To See

Forbidden City (Palace Museum), Beijing, China

For five centuries under the Ming and Qing dynasties, ordinary Chinese people were banned from even approaching the walls of the Imperial Palace, hence its better-known name.

Today, the palace at the heart of the city welcomes visitors. Spread over 250 acres it’s a huge complex, grand in scale with well-preserved buildings. Inside there are objects and artifacts from thousands of years of Chinese history.

There are nearly 9,000 rooms to explore at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and you could easily spend the day here.

Most hotels can arrange an English speaking guide and help you book tickets in advance, as there is now a daily limit of 80,000 visitors. Ticket prices vary according to the season too, from $5.80 (£4.40) to $8.70 (£6.70).

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