The Palace Museum is located in the heart of Beijing. Visitors will be excited to find a wide variety of historic sites, scenic parks, shopping malls, museums, and theatres in her vicinity. Conveniently located bus stops and subway stations provide easy access to transportation.
The center of imperial governance and family life, the Forbidden City consists of various structures that were designed for specific functions. Each structure was built in accordance with the traditional Chinese architectural hierarchy and designed to reflect imperial power and authority.
The Palace Museum collection of international art includes lacquers, ceramics, glassware, enamels, metalwork, textiles, paintings, books, sculpture, furniture, timepieces, and scientific instruments. These diverse holdings originated in artisan workshops and manufactories in England, Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Austria, the United States, Bulgaria, and the Korean Peninsula. The collection is primarily constituted of former Qing imperial holdings. Other acquisitions are from official collection-efforts from among the general populace or by generous donations from individuals.