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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A walled enclosure of central Beijing, China, containing the palaces of 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Formerly closed to the public (hence its name), it is now a vast museum and a major tourist attraction.

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  • proper n. the palace of the Qing Dynasty, which is preserved as a museum in Beijing, China

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a walled section of Beijing that encloses the palace that was formerly the residence of the emperor of China
  • n. the sacred city of Lamaism; known as the Forbidden City for its former inaccessibility and hostility to strangers


A rough translation of the Mandarin name 紫禁城 (literally "Purple Forbidden City") (Wiktionary)


  • Eight thousand, seven hundred and seven rooms in 980 buildings make up the Chinese Imperial Palace, known as the Forbidden City.

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  • The emperor's palace -- what is called the Forbidden City -- sits at the center of Beijing, but the hutongs that once spidered out from it are vanishing, most of them bulldozed and replaced by concrete high-rises.

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  • After we had successes over the -- what is called the Forbidden City, the Hezbollah city in Beirut, where nobody could get in, not even government official of Lebanon.

    CNN Transcript Aug 2, 2006

  • One of the principal reasons for Her Majesty's dislike to the Forbidden City was the mysteries which it contained, many of which she did not know of herself.

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  • The towers on the corners of the wall of the Forbidden City are the same style of architecture as the small pavilion in the front court of this temple.

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  • Meanwhile, Kwan-yu was summoned to the Forbidden City, which is in the centre of Peking, and in which stands the Imperial palace.

    A Chinese Wonder Book

  • That is the former Imperial Palace, popularly known as the Forbidden City, from which twenty-four emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties ruled China for some 500 years -- from1420 to 1911. - Business News

  • That is the former Imperial Palace, popularly known as the Forbidden City, from which twenty-four emperors of the Ming and Qing - Business News

  • The Forbidden City was a good half day trip and I would recommend using a local tour guide hanging around outside the Forbidden City offering their services through the Forbidden City. TravelStream? ? Recent Entries at

  • These include the former imperial palace, known as the Forbidden City, and other palaces, parks and dwellings. - Business News


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