Qugong (meaning the Old Palace) was the official residence of the Chinese Emperor for the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was completed in 1420 and took 15 years to build. It is a model of Chinese palatial architecture.
In this version, it includes the recently restored Qianlong’s retirement garden apartments (倦勤斋), which mothballed for the last 100 years. The apartment was built at the zenith of the Qing Dynasty. The interior decorations are extravagant in design, using the finest materials and employing the best of Chinese and European craftsmanship. It was recently restored and many of the original materials have survived relatively unaltered in the last 230 years. The restoration cost $25m and planning began in 2002 and expected to be completed in 2019.