Bringing the Forbidden City into the classroom

We All Live in the Forbidden City offers a series of professional development workshops that involve partnering with educational institutions in the United States and Canada to bring cultural objects and resources related to the Forbidden City to K-12 teachers. These workshops are unique opportunities for K-12 educators to deepen their understanding of China and bring that knowledge into the classroom. Participants will learn about, and discuss, aspects related to the Forbidden City including but not limited to: architecture, philosophy, politics, Chinese history, and the transition from palace to museum. Discussions cover how to integrate China and Forbidden City-related topics into the classroom, learning strategies for doing so, and all participants receive take-home resources.

Professional Development Workshops will be held throughout the year. Check out our events calendar for the date and location of upcoming workshops.

Additional support for our educator programs has been provided by



Teaching the Forbidden City: A Teacher Workshop at the Royal Ontario Museum

In April 2014, China Institute partnered with the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto to provide a full-day professional development workshop “Teaching the Forbidden City” to grades 4-12 educators. It was a wonderful experience, highlighting ROM’s exhibition and our We All Live in the Forbidden City program. Special thanks to Dr. Nancy S. Steinhardt for her illuminating lecture and the ROM education staff for their guided tour of the exhibition and hands-on lab.

2014 Summer Institute for Educators at VMFA: China’s Forbidden City

In June 2014, China Institute was thrilled to take part in “China’s Forbidden City,” a Summer Institute for Educators at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Ben Wang spoke on the art of the Chinese language and The Story of the Stone, Dr. Nancy S. Steinhardt delivered her lecture Forbidden City: Then and Now, we offered a lecture and workshop on Chinese seal making, and promoted We All Live in the Forbidden City. Thank you to our friends at VMFA for this wonderful opportunity!