Ruins of large palace buildings dating back to the early Ming Dynasty have been uncovered at the Cining Palace square’s Changxin gate.
It is the first time that a wall base and building foundations from that period have been found in the Forbidden City.
They were unearthed at the gate’s northwest side before being resealed by the Palace Museum’s archaeology institute.
According to the museum, archaeological workers found 30 centimetres of thick rammed earth from the Ming Dynasty inside the 2.5-meter-wide and 5.4-meter-long trial pit at the Cining Palace area.
Shan Jixiang, the Palace Museum’s curator said the museum would show the ruins to the public by building glass floors in the future to present a more multi-dimensional Palace Museum.