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 collection of engraved inscriptions includes over 4,000 oracle bones, tiles, and bricks from the Shang dynasty (ca. 1600-1028 BCE). The holdings also include engraved bricks from the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220), over 120 bricks from Kara-Khoja (unearthed in the 1930s among the Gaochang ruins), and tens of thousands of rubbings of inscriptions from throughout Chinese history.