Step inside the Forbidden City with precious artworks from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & Culture

For nearly 500 years—from 1420 to 1912—the Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors. Among its most illustrious inhabitants was the Qianlong Emperor, a patron of Confucian arts and culture who, during his 50-year reign in the 18th century, amassed the most important collection of artwork in Chinese history. The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armor on Horseback.Read the full article