In the center of Beijing lies the greatest collection of ancient wooden buildings in the world, The Forbidden City. Dating back to the early 15th century, the imperial palace and surrounding structures (which number nearly a thousand) were home to almost 500 years of Chinese emperors and today are a massive tourist attraction whose centerpiece is the palace museum, which exhibits quite a range of dynastic treasures and artifacts.
Architecturally brilliant, the Forbidden City is the basis for much of the East Asian structural styling that followed its inception, with a volume and intricacy of design that will have most travelers walking the grounds for nearly a day. Broken into an Inner Court and Outer Court and surrounded by walls 10 meters high, you'll have much to see in your visit, which is essential in gaining a deeper cultural understanding of ancient and well-preserved China.
There are numerous tours available (often as part of larger packages) that will take you through the highlights of the Forbidden City and provide English-language, real time information about this exceptional attraction. Then again, if wandering this ancient spectacle alone is your cup of tea, then maybe a guidebook or app will best meet your needs.