Forbidden City in Beijing


forbiddencity - guide


The History of the Forbidden City begins in the 15th century when it was built as the palace of the Ming emperors of China. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China and was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1912. It has been a museum since 1925.

The Forbidden City has undergone lots of changes over the years and has also experienced fires which have ravaged the buildings. For many years restorations didn’t take place, but over the last 10 – 15 years, there have been great efforts to bring the Forbidden City back to its glory.

The guide

The guide to The Forbidden City will lead you through the entire museum. The guide includes descriptions of 23 of the most important structures in the area, and will provide a variety of functions.

GPS controlled area map

The guide to The Forbidden City uses a GPS powered map, that will give you an overview of the site. Also, if you allow GPS tracking, then the guide will show your exact position in the museum.

Description of 23 buildings

23 of the most important buildings in The Forbidden City, are described in the guide. The description are given in text that can be read out loud to you using TTS (automatic text to speech functionality) and it includes pictures from present day, pictures from the past and markings of the specific building on a map.

The background history of The Forbidden City

The guide provides a detailed description covering the entire known history span of The Forbidden City, from the 15th century to present day.

Route planner

By using the route planner, you can put together your own personal version of the guided tour through the museum.

Suggested route

The guide to The Forbidden City also suggests a tour through the museum. This is Excavations Guides suggestions of what to see when visiting the museum. However, we recommend that you plan your own guided to by using the route planner.

Audio guide

By using TTS, short for “Text To Speech” the guide will read the texts in the app out to you loud, and thereby act as an audio guide. The functionality uses your device building TTS voice, meaning that the size of the guide app to The Forbidden City is kept low.

For more information about the guide

Please see the extensive description of the different functionalities available in the guided tour app for The Forbidden City by checking out our “Guide description”.

The buildings

  • Meridian Gate
  • Gate of Divine Prowess
  • Gate of Supreme Harmony
  • Hall of Supreme Harmony
  • Hall of Central Harmony
  • Hall of Preserved Harmony
  • Gate of Heavenly Purity
  • Tower of Enhanced Righteousness
  • Hall of Martial Valor
  • Hall of Literary Glory
  • Palace of Heavenly Purity
  • Palace of Union and Peace
  • Hall of Earthly Tranquility
  • Imperial Garden
  • Imperial Kitchen
  • Nine Dragon Screen
  • Hall of Mental Cultivation
  • Palace of Great Benevolence
  • Hall of Ancestry Worship
  • Palace of Eternal Harmony
  • North Five Halls
  • Hall of Imperial Supremacy
  • Hall of Character Cultivation

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