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In the middle of the satellite map, you see the Forbidden City. Now look at the lakes and parks to the left of the Forbidden City, the area is called Zhongnanhai (Zhong Nan Hai), which means central and southern lakes. Zhongnanhai is the office compound of China's central leadership, it is home to the Office of the General Secretary, the Office of the Premier, the Party's Organization Department, as well as the top brass of the military.

Zhongnanhai was Initiated during the Liao Dynasty (915-1125), then rebuilt and renovated continually during the subsequent Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It served as a government centre again since 1949.

Zhongnanhai referring to two lakes, the Central Sea and Southern Sea. And the Central Sea and South Sea complex used to be part of the former Three Seas district in Beijing. The Beihai (North Sea), to the north of Zhongnanhai now is a public park.

The main gate of Zhongnanhai is Xinhuamen, it lies on the north side of West Chang'an Avenue.

Zhongnanhai is not accesible to the General Public.

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