Over the past few days, there has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding The Forbidden City in Beijing.
Home to emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty for over 500 years, the over 800 buildings and 9,000 chambers of the Forbidden City sits in the center of the city in iconic, imperial grandeur.
On Sunday, May 8, 2011, gold purses were stolen from an exhibition in the Palace Museum. Since then, the Chinese officials have caught the thief, but typos in banners displayed by the security department have caused an upheaval of ridicule online.
Additionally, there have been rumors and controversy surrounding the opening of a “lucrative private club” in the Jianfu Palace of the Forbidden City.
Visitors may still visit the grounds, but as these issues are sorted, private access locations inside the Forbidden City will be closed to visitors.
WildChina will continue to provide updates as this develops.