In its splendor, only the Versailles palace complex in Europe can argue with the Forbidden City in Beijing, and in Asia and America it simply has no equal. Half a millennium of imperial China is represented in 999 rooms, halls, and terraces of the palace complex.
A visit here must be planned in advance, dividing it into several days, because it is impossible to embrace the immensity in a few hours.
Only a superficial description of the complex will take several hundred pages. Therefore, it is reasonable on the first day of the visit to enjoy only the architecture of this huge imperial residence. Tiled roofs, canals, temples and private chambers. Some names already speak of splendor and oriental sophistication: the Gate of Highest Harmony, the Palace of heavenly purity, the Palace of Tranquil longevity, etc.
If you decide to visit the museum alone, then you can’t do without an audio guide. Visitors are offered several modifications of this device. The best of them is in the form of a map of the complex, based on which you can see places you have not been to, as well as those that are, for example, closed for restoration, etc. You will have to pay 40 yuan for using the audio guide and also leave a deposit of one hundred yuan to be returned at the exit.
Having become acquainted with the architecture of Gugun, appreciating the richness and beauty of Chinese architecture, you can start visiting exhibitions.
The ceramics gallery introduces the development of Chinese porcelain over the centuries; more than 400 unique exhibits present the best examples of potters' work for a thousand years. The gallery is equipped with touch screens, allowing visitors to get maximum information about the exhibits, as well as see several informative films about the history of china in China.
Gallery of painting and calligraphy
The gallery of paintings and calligraphy will allow you to understand the depth and sophistication of Chinese fine culture. Ink painting on silk amazes with the accuracy of lines and expressiveness. The works of the great masters of calligraphy allow us to understand and appreciate the harmony of ancient works.
Emperors Treasure Gallery
The emperor’s treasure gallery (an additional ticket of 10 yuan), located in several halls of the eastern part of the complex, admires the fine work of the imperial jewelers, the oriental splendor and Chinese restraint of objects made of gold, jade, silver.
You will also have to pay 10 RMB for visiting the clock room, but the exhibition is worth it.
It offers visitors a gallery of bronze, gold and silver household items, an exhibition dedicated to the imperial opera and much more.
The cost of admission depends on the season. In the summer - 60 yuan, in winter - 40 yuan (without exhibits of treasures and watches). The location of the museum is such that the possibility of not finding it is ruled out. The Chinese are justly proud of this complex and are happy to spend until the entrance.