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The Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing is the largest and best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China. It was the home of fourteen Ming and ten Qing dynasty emperors, and the seat of the Chinese government for over 490 years.
Since the Communist takeover, the Forbidden City has become a museum. One of Beijing's leading tourist attractions, the complex is explored by thousands of visitors per day who roam on tours through its expansive courtyards and ornate buildings.
Located next to Tiananmen Square, the political and cultural significance of the Forbidden City for the Chinese people is enormous.