Yes, there are hundreds of lost looking tourists and stalls filled with tat, but you can’t come to Beijing and not gaze awe-filled at the Forbidden City. Finished in 1420, the Imperial Palace – its official name – took 14 years and 32 million bricks to complete. Not to mention the tens of thousands of workers. Over the centuries it was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. There is 50,000sqm of exhibition space here, despite the pilfering members of the imperial service when the Qing dynasty fell in 1911, which is more than you could possibly see in a single day. Instead, just hit a few key points such as the Imperial Gardens and the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the biggest of the ceremonial halls. This is what you’ll remember best from watching Bernardo Bertolucci’s film The Last Emperor.