No experience of China is complete without a tour around Beijing’s Forbidden City, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The complex was home to 24 of China’s emperors including the last emperor, Puyi, ousted from power in 1911. At almost a mile long, surrounded by city walls, moats and gardens, and fronted by Tiananmen Square, the site takes some time to explore. It is currently subject to a 19 year restoration project, due for completion in 1921, to return it to its imperial glory. It fell into significant disrepair during the Cultural Revolution, but plans to tear it down were thankfully not acted upon. The design of the structure was planned down to the tiniest detail and crammed full of royal symbols and lavish features. When they weren’t in the Imperial City, emperors and their families, wives, concubines, servants and eunuchs could be found at their Summer Palace just outside the city centre. Well worth the visit, the complex includes an artificial lake, beautiful gardens and covered walkway.