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The Forbidden City

Right in the center of Beijing is the Forbidden City, a sprawling complex of 980 buildings sitting on an 80-hectare piece of real estate. For 500 years, this was the home of China’s emperors as well as the country’s political center from the 14th to the 19th century.

This is the entrance gate where we bought tickets for half a day’s tour which barely skimmed the surface such that we never even made it to the very end of the complex.