Tour Tiananmen Square. At 100 acres, it is the world's largest public square and was initially the "front door" of the Forbidden City. Completed in 1420, the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the world's largest palace complex and home to many buildings with 9,999 rooms. Now known as the Palace Museum, the Forbidden City was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties where outside visitors were forbidden for five centuries.
Visit the Summer Palace, once the summer retreat and playground for the imperial family and royal court during the late Qing Dynasty. It spans over 700 acres. Take dragon boat ride across the garden's lake.