Found within China’s capital city of Beijing is an incredible palace complex that served as the home of emperor’s for a span of over 500 years. The Forbidden City, named so as only emperors, their immediate families, and officials where the only ones permitted inside, is a massive 72 hectares / 178 acres complex that has approximately 980 buildings. Surrounding the complex is a wall standing 10 m / 32.8 ft high and houses 8,700 rooms. Additionally there is a 52 m / 170 ft moat. That is one secure palace! Construction on the complex began back in 1406 CE and was the imperial home through the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Since 1925 the Forbidden City has been under the care of the Palace Museum and in 1987 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with being deemed the largest collection of preserved ancient wood structures anywhere in the world. Due to its size and historical and cultural importance there are ongoing renovations occurring at the palace so at any time only about 80% of the complex is open for visitors.