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’s holdings of timepieces reflect the flourishing age of Chinese and Western cultural exchange during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Over 1,500 Chinese and European timepieces ranging from the seventeenth to twentieth century constitute the collection. These holdings also include over 700 scientific instruments manufactured in England, France, and the Qing palace workshops that date from the early-Qing to late-Qing periods. The collection encompasses a wide range of period instruments from fields such as astronomy, mathematics, and earth sciences. Frequently used in Qing palace affairs, these instruments reflect technological exchange and development within the imperial establishment.