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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 #14 of 1,229 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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Beijing, China
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a very large empty place where everything interesting has been removed to Taiwan. If you must spend time here, it is better to hire a guide to tell how it was. I have lots of visitors from the U.S. and Finland who want to see it, but realize, after spending 3 hours inside, that the area outside, and... More

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Metairie, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Everything is amazing on and off film there. Drom the entire grounds of the Palace and the Dragon Boat rides on the lake approaching the 17 arch bridge are just unforgettable. Certain areas have trees that have a natural camouflage in the bark of the tree. All the bridges have particular individual charms connected by the abundance of weeping willows... More

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Tenby, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Forbidden City, the former home of China's Emperors and their entourage must be seen to be believed. A huge complex as large as a town itself made up of inner and outer buildings denoting the public and private life of the emperor. You need a good guide or a very good guide book as walking around on your own... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Dont miss to visit this place. Preferably weekday where the crowd is much lesser than weekend. The place is so huge with so many buildings to visit and learn about the history. Nice architecture as well

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I live in Beijing and often have to take people round the 'Forbidden City' (Old Palace, Gu Gong) in Chinese and I don't like it much. If you have the option, you can look at it from above by going to Jing Shan park, just north of it, where the hill was made from the soil of the moat and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is full of history, read up before you go. Also climb the man-made hill to the north, spectacular views of Beijing

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Bedford Hills, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We were pretty disappointed in the Forbidden City -- you can't see much in terms of interiors and it's really just a big compound with lots of buildings -- albeit beautiful ones, but if you've spent any time in the Far East you'll be familiar with the architecture. It's massive and teeming with tourists. If the weather is hot make... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Such a treat to stroll around this huge site, so much to see and explore - our small kids loved it - especially when they got to dress up as royalty!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

On day one we went to the Hutong where the lesser official lived. A day or so later, we went to the very heart of Imperial China's power base, the Forbidden City, AKA The Palace Museum. It is impossible to see the extent of this place, much less describe even the small portion one can see in a half-day spent... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

apart from the greatwall a highlight of beijing can be tough on a very hot day. take an umbrella if so

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