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More areas of Forbidden City to be opened to tourists


Published on May 2, 2012

Tourists will soon be able to access more of the Forbidden City. Authorities are planning to allow tourists to enter the former residence of empresses and imperial concubines - an offence once punishable by death.
The former Beijing imperial palace, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, is expected to receive 15 million visitors in 2012 - one million more than last year, and the China Daily reported authorities as saying that they plan to expand visiting zones from nearly half to two-thirds of the Forbidden City in the near future.

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