The Palace Museum, founded in 1925, is a national museum housed inside the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming (1368-1683) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties and a World Heritage site since 1987. Treasure Gallery (Zhenbaoguan), Hall of Spiritual Cultivation, Hall of Joyful Longevity, Belvedere of Well-Nourished Harmony lies in the northeast part of the Palace Museum.
Gate of Heavenly Purity leads to Forbidden City’s Inner Court. It houses three palaces, Imperial Flower Garden and numerous halls. On the east side of Inner Court lies a number of smaller palaces and courtyards used as a residence of concubines. Much of the western side of Forbidden City is closed to visitors. As I said before we didn’t get a chance to see the west side.
Forbidden City – Zijin Cheng, 紫禁城; pinyin: Zǐjinchéng; literally: “Purple Forbidden City”. Also known as “The Palace Museum” (故宫博物院). Above Meridian Gate (Wu Men). From the balcony the emperor would review his armies and perform ceremonies marking the start of new calendar.