Explore one of the most important historical sites in China, boasting of a magnificent architectural complex steeped in culture and the arts! The Palace Museum, better known as the Forbidden City, holds a vast collection of paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, and antiquities from the many golden periods in China’s imperial history. Located at the heart of Beijing, you’ll be excited to see that the Palace Museum houses not just historic spots, spectacular gardens, museums and theaters, but also contemporary cafes, restaurants and shopping malls. Subway stations and bus stops are within walking distance, making it very accessible especially to first timers in Beijing! Meet up with your professional guide and enter through the Meridian Gate, a massive U-shaped portal at the south end of the complex, which in former times was reserved for the use of the emperor. Since yellow is the symbol of the royal family, it is the dominant color wherever you look. Roofs are built with yellow glazed tiles; decorations in the palace are painted yellow; even the bricks on the ground are made yellow by a special process. Your guide will help you find your way through the Forbidden City and put everything you see and hear into perspective.