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Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
Phone Number: 010-85007422, 85007421
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Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge...

Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge palace complex was built in the 15th century and later extensively renovated and restored during the Qing Dynasty in the 18th century.

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Magical Palace

I think Forbidden City is The bigest and longest palace in the world.here is very beautiful and magical with several amazing palaces.I love Forbidden City.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I think Forbidden City is The bigest and longest palace in the world.here is very beautiful and magical with several amazing palaces.I love Forbidden City.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Goes to show you how the Dynasty emperors lived back in the day. The way things were. The symbolic history behind every creature that was at an entrance

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Thank Babykev
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Probably is the season, but the place is just crowded ... I'll recommend to book or buy your tickets in advance and get there really early in the morning

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

8000000 tickets sold on the day we visited- hence couldn't get in absolutely rammed with people. we'll go back on a quieter day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Walking through the gate into the Forbidden City as you fight with the crowds is one of my most memorable moments from our China trip. The City opens up to show a collection of huge open squares and ornate buildings. Exactly what you imagine imperial China to be like. The sense of ancient history is heavy in the air. Highlight... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The forbidden city is obviously on every tourist list when visiting Beijing, so I won't spend much time advertising it. However, I do have some tips for people going there based on my experiences and mistakes: first, plan extra time (and I mean a lot of extra time) to leave the place. While the entrance is right at the subway... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hundreds, thousands of visitors and I can see why. Forbidden City is impressive; its size is overwhelming. It is possible to see the whole thing in a couple of hours, but you can just a easily spend there 4-5 hours if you want to actually dedicate some time to all of the 980 buildings in the complex that are open... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Forbidden City is one most people's list of places to see if they manage to get to China. Covers a vast area which would take all day to get round. Declared a World Heritage site in the 1980's it is now, officially, called "The Palace Museum"! It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The site... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is just amazing, a pity you only walk, no exhibitions inside. So the place is must go, and really impressive/great. At the same time it is a great pity that there is little there. Have been to many places without a 'real' treasures, but still very informative, educational

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Hohhot, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't know how forbidden it is, they let me in there. All jokes aside, it's still an impressive and historical place to walk through. This is one of the places you have to see if you're in Beijing. Plus you knock out Tiananmen square since it's just across the street. So listen to Shia Leboeuf and JUST DO IT!

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