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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 #15 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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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This place was an experience in its own. The palaces and the entire city was amazing. Need an entire day to cover the whole area, but its worth it!

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

There have only been 3 cultural attractions in Asia that I did not find as interesting as I had hoped: Candi Prambanan in Yogyakarta, Pura Besakih in Bali, and the Forbidden City in Beijing. I just didn’t find the Forbidden City in Beijing particularly interesting at all, especially when considering the other amazing places I have been fortunate enough to... More

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Lordgin1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The Palace Museum or as most people know it as the "Forbidden City" is one of the most daunting and breathtaking places in the world. As you walk through this amazing outdoor venue, your breath will be taken away with the immensity of the area and the detail in every structure that you come in contact with. You will need... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This amazing Forbidden City is massive, and if you really want to understand every corner of each Dynasty, then be willing to spend a half a day or a whole day as you need to walk and walk and walk until you reached the inner part of the Forbidden City. We were very lucky, we started early with our guide... More

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Massive place, we went on a sunday and was very crowded. the temple complex itself is very large with several gates. we went up up the mountain which provided awesome views of the forbidden city

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indianapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

An amazing expanse of buildings and history. The former emporers certainly believed in building everything big! With this site being next to Tiananmen Square; you have to include this in your tour schedule as it would be a shame to miss.

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the forbidden city in the first week of April, during spring festival period. We were unaware that it was spring festival time during our visit to Beijing; if you are not familiar with this, it's a three day holiday for China. This means that a lot of Chinese people take time to travel and visit the main sights... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Lots to see & take in the guide was very knowledgable we was here for an hour which is long enough loads of nice pictures to be taken

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Certainly not to be missed, but if you want to see it all, it will take many hours. I found it as awe inspiring as any temple or relics in Egypt. You can take a guide or hire an automatic tour with headphones in most languages. It will determine where you are automatically and give you an informative description if... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I have dreamt of seeing this place ever since I first studied about China. My advise is to watch the move "The Last Emperor" before you visit what was known as the "Forbidden City", The Palace, had 7000, mini "palace" quarters and ministries within. It really is a remarkable place. The craftsmanship, the architecture, the bureaucracy in how it must... More

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