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The Forbidden City dates back to the 15th century and in the past served as the residence of Chinese emperors. It is called “Forbidden” because it was closed to ordinary mortals. The Chinese rulers of the Ming and Qing dynasties, who were equal in glory with gods, were thus proving their absolute power. The entire Forbidden City is surrounded by high walls and it looks very inaccessible, and monumental. The largest building is the Hall of Supreme Harmony, where important rites and ceremonies were held. No other building was allowed to exceed its height. The entire complex has exactly 9,999 rooms, because the number 9 was considered magical. We recommended that you enter the Forbidden City from the South through the Gate of Heavenly Peace.

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