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Trip sight:
The Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven
Trip Gist:
In this one-day tour you will see the imperial palace (officially called the Palace Museum) and the Temple of Heaven.
Brief Introduction:
The Forbidden City was constructed in 1406. It was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties from 1420 to 1911. An architectural masterpiece, it was China's political center for 500 years. It is now converted into a museum with a large imperial collection of porcelain, goldware, bronzeware, jadeware, traditional paintings, and jewelry.
After lunch, you will visit the Temple of Heaven. The Temle of Heave was built 600 years ago. It served as a means of communication between the Emperor and the Heaven. The buildings are a masterpiece of ancient architecture. The focal points are the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (a completely wooden structure), the Imperial Vault of 
Heaven (with a circular Echo Wall with acoustic effects), and the Circular Mound Altar (designed with geometric ingenuity).
US$ 32 per person, lunch included.  
Tour operated on:
Aug. 21 8:30-17:00 Aug. 24 8:30-17:00
Aug. 25 8:30-17:00 Aug. 26 8:30-17:00

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Last modified: Jan. 17, 2002

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