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The Palace Museum

Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
Phone Number: 010-85007422, 85007421
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Ranked #12 of 1,226 Attractions in Beijing
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this...
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Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

During winter, the Palace Museum is CLOSED on MONDAYS (except on Puplic Holidays). Also important to note: Once you got inside the area of the Forbidden City, you cannot leave the place the same way you entered it; you have to either walk through it until you reach the North Gate (when entering from the South Gate) or leave through... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Forbidden City is in my opinion the most important place to be in Beijing. The complex is magnificent, visiting all those gates, palaces, square, which are built in very traditional chinese style, really give you an impression, that you are in different world, especially if you are like me european! The ticket costs 40RMB (around 6-7$). There is a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We went originally with a guide and got the limited tour & history lesson. So we went back on our own and went through all the security checks again. The 2nd time we went to the tourist info office and were given a map which we found invaluable. We ended up spending 6 hours and ventured to the outer buildings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Absolutely must be seen. Tonns of walking included. Prepare to be exhausted and shocked in a good way. A place u cannot miss in any conditions.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

visited forbidden city last week on a windy day, use your walking shoes instead your fancy boot! beware of rickshaw scam and pickpocket

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I was only in Beijing for 1.5 days. Day 1 was spent at the wall, and the next morning before flying back to the USA I rushed out to the Forbidden City. We walked through the gates and into courtyard after courtyard. It was absolutely amazing and I WISHHHH we had time to go inside. Exploring would have been amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The Forbidden City is a really interesting for about an hour. Keep in mind that it will probably take you much longer to go all the way through it. The history of the place is really intriguing. The architecture and design work is beautiful and quintessentially Chinese. (When Westerners think of "Chinese" designs, they are thinking of what came out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

As everybody knows, this is the top attraction in Beijing. Get there early, be ready to walk (it's massive) and bring you camera. It's an unforgettable place, so make sure you have plenty of time to explore it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This place must be seen. There is so much history in this one large enclosed area. Without a guide, you can read about each building or monument and learn a lot. With a good guide (I can't recommend one, I relied on my wife, who's Chinese) you could learn even more. The place is enormous, truly a small city, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I visit few of the so called must-see sights as I often find the experience ruined by tourism. The Forbidden City is probably one of the few places that are big enough to absorb the hordes and I enjoyed strolling around the huge palace grounds without having to wrestle my way around. There's very limited access to the building themselves... More 

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