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The Palace Museum

No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
010-85007422, 85007421
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Ranked #13 of 1,243 Attractions in Beijing
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The biggest queue we found ourselves in on the day we visited The Forbidden City was the one leading up to the security checkpoint opposite Tiananmen Square. It was only our second day in China, so we were still finding our feet and weren't at all sure we were even in the right place! Still, we shuffled along with everyone... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Must visit. Be prepared to walk a lot. It's impossible to see all exhibits inside in one day. Choose before what you want to see, than go. Wheelchairs are offered at Tourist Information close to ticket office. We needed one for one person in our party. Deposit of 500 yuan. Check if it works ok before you go. There is... More

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

When we got there, we found there to be quite a lot of the usual "tour guides" hanging aroud the ticket queues. It was difficult to know if they were official or not so instead, we opted to go in and get the audio guide which I thought was pretty good. The city itself was really busy and it has... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the historical place must visit if you are in Beijing. Those who are appreciate China Emperor history you will appreciate the museum, just like bringing the history to live, especially those who have watched some movie about the emperor. My husband didn't know the history of China and he didn't really appreciate that and for him... More

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Wellington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Visiting the old Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square is a must-do in Beijing. It's huge and full of interesting history about how the Emperor, his 3,000 comcubines and eunuchs lived. There isn't much to see inside the buildings but it's worth going just to appreciate how immense it is and what it must have been like to live during those... More

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Taichung, Taiwan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I know it's called the National Palace Museum, but people should know that it is now a shallow place while everything precious worth seeing in it were now moved to Taiwan.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

It's always worth a visit...but I don't think they make this the experience they could. Not suggesting Disneyworld but they could give you a better feel for life in the palace.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The Forbidden City really is incredible; it's an enormous complex, and the Emperor, royal family, palace staff and concubines spent their entire lives here, and no-one else was allowed in or out. The buildings are beautiful, although some are looking a bit shabby now. Try and get a map, either a paper one, or the audio guide (which is very... More

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Andover, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I thought this was spectacular. I see that some people commented that there is too much "more of the same". I think they may have not tried hard enough to explore all the sections. There are hidden gems throughout that aren't in the central areas. I highly recommend the clock museum. I wore out my trusty travel companion. She was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I would go as early as possible. Go through the main entrance & work with the flow of traffic. Be prepared to be jostled.

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