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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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As featured in 3 days in Beijing
Ranked #11 of 1,242 attractions in Beijing
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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Slightly embarrassed that this happened to me as I consider myself a seasoned traveler. 18 countries, some multiple times in the last year and a lot of tuk tuk / rickshaw rides. Thought best to share my experience, but will not add to reviews of the Palace (which was very good) Got to the end of the site, and you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is definitely one of the must sees in Beijing. We had an English speaking tour guide, who explained some of the fascinating history surrounding this huge palace. This was the home of 24 emperors, which date back to the 15th century. The architecture and the attention to detail is truly stunning. Be prepared for large crowds!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

That is the famous forbidden city! Plan to spend at least 3 to 4 hours there. Line to buy tickets may be long, but do not worry because it goes fast. Is summer, take an umbrella!

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Put this on your attraction list its amazing. Best thing you can do is take a guide be careful not one of those shonky ones that take your money and run there are plenty of those hanging round outside.Also make sure you get one that speaks English Avoid taking rickshaw rides in this area we got taken to a back... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

This experience was fabulous! The size of the palace museum was simply astounding! The gardens were beautiful, whilst the design of the rooftops were elaborate and the entire layout totally impressive. I would recommend visiting Jing Shan Park to witness an impressive view over the whole of the Forbidden City, which is particularly fascinating when juxtaposed with the modern sky... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place is a must see--Beijing vacation is incomplete without going to The Palace Museum. It's highly recommend; also pls keep yourself hydrated while exploring it since it's a lot of walk under the sun. Cheers

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This must be the number 1 thing to see in Beijing. There are crowds everywhere but what else can you expect in China. The place, like everywhere else, is badly signposted, so you walk forever to buy a ticket only to find it's the wrong area and you need to go elsewhere. You get hassled by people offering to be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Ok, this place is just essential - if you're in Beijing you have to do this. The queue for tickets can look daunting, you might have to wait 15 - 20 mins. There will be lots of people wanting to take you on a private tour - they'll charge 200 Yuan and offer to get you a ticket quicker. I'm... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

You cannot visit Beijing and not visit the Forbidden City given its place in China's history but the crowds are pretty horrendous and the queues off putting. It took about 30-40 minutes to get through the security check before you even got to the main gate (I.e the main entrance where Chairman Mao's portrait hangs). You certainly need an audio... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Truly a magnificent place to visit. We spent only two hours after our business trip to visit the forbidden city including the palace gardens and it is quite impressive. Tickets can be bought at the entrance gate for 60 RMB. Audio guides (40 RMB) are available in all languages and are quite informative.

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