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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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8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this...

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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We enjoyed learning about the history of the emperors, empresses, concubines, and the dragon lady while touring the Forbidden City. A tour guide is necessary to put everything... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed learning about the history of the emperors, empresses, concubines, and the dragon lady while touring the Forbidden City. A tour guide is necessary to put everything into context. We walked over 2 miles and it was very cold. The good part about coming this time of year is less people but the wind was icy and we had... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So much history. If ancient Chinese history is your thing, you might never leave. So much to see, you could easily spend as little as 1 hour here and up to an entire day. Like with any major attraction, go early and lines won't be an issue. I went with the audio guide, it was only 40 yuan. Not sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's best to see the Forbidden City with a guide, who can provide insight on the history and culture of the buildings and the spacious grounds. Expect to walk about a kilometer from the south gate to the north gate. And expect lots of people. I'm impressed that so many Chinese people are taking an interest to see this historic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you only visit one place in Beijing this is it! Please compare how buildings, decorations, plates etc was in 1422 in your country with what you see at this amazing complex. The close connection between the religious life and the ruler is similar to other countries in the same periods and interesting by itself. Bring good shoes and water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an amazing place and a must-see on any trip to China. I was blown away by the size and scale of the buildings, and the wonderful colours. Even though there are lots of visitors, you can wander around and find quiet places to drink in the architecture and decoration. Breathtaking!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

...horrific queues! Yes it is spectacular (and all the other positive things that are said) but the queues are the worst in the World (considerably worse than the Coliseum, Vatican, Tower of London, Burj Khalifa, Empire State, Niagara, etc - you name it). So bad we gave up on one afternoon and came back the following day in the very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a must go, all day event. You can bring food and drink in. There a benches where you can sit down and eat. There are several rooms with throws (those for law and counsel) as well as museums with odds and ends from costumes to paintings and pottery. In addition to the beautiful architecture, there are gorgeous gardens... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Again this was very touristy anda full of colourful tour groups all with the same coloured hats! We enjoyed walking around and exploring bu it felt so big and it was a super hot day so we couldn't stay too long plus they keep the large crowds moving forward all the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is way too famous to not visit when you are in China. And deservedly so! It would be helpful to get prepared for the trip by reading up on history of China and this palace in particular, to better appreciate the historical perspective. For sheer scale and atmosphere, this cannot be beaten!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Forbidden CityThis impressive structure served as the home of emperors and their households and was the cermonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years. Built over 14 years, it consists of 980 over 72 hectares It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site as the largest collection of ancient preserved wooden structures in the world. We were... More 

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