Forbidden City


Beijing’s Forbidden City Opens For the First Time at Night for Tourists to Celebrate Lantern Festival

    For the first time ever, Beijing’s former imperial residence, the Forbidden City, has opened its doors to tourists at night for a spectacular light show to celebrate the Lantern Festival.


    The historical moment happened on Tuesday night when the Forbidden City kept its doors open past 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the end of Lunar New Year, according to Shanghaiist.

    Over 3,000 visitors were lucky enough to attend the historical nighttime opening as they witnessed a breathtaking light show inside the main grounds of the palace.

    Millions of people also enjoyed the spectacular show from the comfort of their homes, as the event was on live-stream. The show was undoubtedly amazing, but some expressed their criticism.

    The light show is so tacky. It’s like they turned the place into a cheap nightclub,” one social media user said.

    Images via Shanghaiist

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