Introduction Completed in 1420, the Forbidden City was the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. For five centuries, it was the centre of supreme power, and is currently the world's largest and best-preserved ancient wooden palace structure. Its current condition is testament to the great wisdom of its original design, planning, architectural style, layout, construction materials and functions, as well as the repair procedures employed to preserve the palace over the centuries.

In collaboration with the Palace Museum, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department is pleased to stage the "Traversing the Forbidden City" Series. The theme for the 2018/19 school year is "Architecture". Through a variety of activities, students are introduced to the architectural history and characteristics of the Forbidden City, as a means of exploring the wisdom embodied in traditional Chinese architecture, and to enhance students' knowledge of Chinese history and culture.