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  The Forbidden City

Apart from the complex of immovable palace buildings, the Palace Museum houses over 1.5 million items or sets of relics. Over 8,000 of them are designated as first-class relics. They fall into the following categories: paintings, calligraphy, rubbings from tablets, inscriptions, sculptures, copperwares, porcelain, textile or embroidery, jade or stone wares, gold or silver wares, jewelry, lacquerworks, enamel wares, carvings, miscellaneous handiworks, stationery, daily appliances, clocks and instruments, imperial seals and certificates of the conferring of titles, religious relics, weapons carried by guards of honor, ancient books, and foreign relics.


Ancient architectural relics and other cultural relics fall into 25 categories, which are further divided into 69 sub-categories. Those used for government affairs and daily life are displayed in their original places; such works of art as porcelain, paintings and calligraphy, jewelry, clocks, stone drums, and bronze wares are kept in special halls. There are also halls for short-term exhibitions. The museum is open to the public all year round.

 

Fragrant Hills Park

 

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Ancient Observatory

 

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Mao Dun Former Residence

 

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Lu Xun Museum

 

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Beijing Underground City

 

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The Great Hall of the People

 

The Great Hall of the People is the seat of the legislature, th...
Fayuan Temple

 

In a lane east of Niujie Mosque, this temple dates back to the ...
Beijing Couro City

 

South of Panjiayuan and next to the Antique City Hotel, Curio C...
Front Gate

 

Front Gate actually consists of two gates. The northernmost of ...
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