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Forbidden City, Beijing

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The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, was the imperial residence of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. The complex has 70 structures and more than 9,000 rooms. Turned into a museum in the early 20th Century, it houses an extensive collection of fine treasures. The Nationalist Party took a large number of these treasures to Taiwan in 1949 but 900,000 priceless relics remain. Behind the palace is a delightful royal garden that is surprisingly quiet in contrast to the throngs of international visitors at Tiananmen Gate, the museum's official entrance.