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In Chinese the Forbidden City has many names.

Zijincheng: Zi means a color, which is something between red and violet. It also stands for a region of heaven, which is in Chinese astrology the seat of the Polarstar in the middle of the heavenly world. Jin Cheng is the Emperor's Citadel. So altogether Zi Jin Cheng means the "Imperial Center of this World". This name combines the political, functional and religious importance of the palace. This name also describes the color in which most of the walls in the palaces are painted: red.

During the Qing Dynasty people called the Palace "gong" which simply means "Palace" or they said "danei", which means "the Big Inner Sector".

After the last Emperor left the Forbidden City, the Palace was called "Gu Gong", which is "Old Palace" in Chinese. When you ask for directions today, you shall ask for "Gu Gong". Or ask for the "Palace Museum": Gu Gong Bo Wu Guan.

The name "Forbidden City" describes the situation, when the palace was the imperial palace, with thousands of people living there like in a closed city. Only authorized people were allowed to enter the palace. It was forbidden for common people to go further than the Meridian Gate (Wumen). Now this is the gate, where the tourists enter the palace coming from Tian An Men Square.

Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In the Center of Beijing
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
Website: http://www.china.org.cn/english

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  • Updated Sep 9, 2006
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