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Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
Phone Number: 010-85007422, 85007421
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8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge...
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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Don't bother with a tour... DIY with their audio guide!

Save your money... don't hire a tour. An audio guide is available for a nominal fee ($5) in many languages that give a decent overview of the facility. Just make sure you leave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Save your money... don't hire a tour. An audio guide is available for a nominal fee ($5) in many languages that give a decent overview of the facility. Just make sure you leave >3 hours to visit!!

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Taipei
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The well preserved Emperor's Palace of China is definitely the number one destination for your visit to Beijing. Immerse yourself and imagine the life of the Emperors, Empress, concubines and eunuchs. Awesome experience!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The complex is fast. We went with a tour, totally unsatisfactory. We got a glimpse of the place. Only to the hall of supreme harmony. The Chinese tourist can be quite nasty when viewing the hall of supreme harmony. There are only 4 openings to see inside the hall and people are jamming themselves to get a glimpse inside the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

So much history at the Palace Museum and things to learn about ancient China. Yes it is very crowded but it's hard to imagine going to Beijing without visiting. The sheer size of the place is overwhelming, so wear comfy shoe. If you're really into learning about the history and learn the stories, I'd suggest getting a guide for the... More 

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Beijing Region, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I live in Beijing and every time I walk into the Forbidden City I get chills. This is one of my favourite things to see in Beijing, it's simply amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This Palace Museum is a time machine which brings you back to Ming and Qing (pronounced as Ching) dynasty. By entering the museum, you are going back to 500 years before and stepping into the home of 24 emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasty. For those who has visited the National Palace Museum of Taipei before, please drop the expectations... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

As one of the most well-known features of Beijing, you should make sure not to miss the Forbidden City during your visit. The architecture is beautiful and there are some very pretty gardens. It would probably take about two hours to stroll through. 60¥ per person for admission, pretty reasonable.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Nothing downtown Beijing (museums and such) are open Monday.... Don't waste the trip, only open Tuesday-Sunday. You can enter the walls of Forbidden City, but you can't get into the palace at all. Also, one direction walk through the walls of the Forbidden City. Once you find out it's all closed you can't back-track to get back to Tiananmen Square.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The emperor certainly knew how to protect himself and his family. With six massive walls surrounding what feels like peeling another layer we really where mesmerized by the spectacular size and significance of this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The place is huge and very popular. It deserves at least half a day in order to see the less obvious parts. The temptation is simply to walk through the centre of the complex with everybody else. The queue for entrance tickets can be quite daunting. Information available in many languages via audio guides. Well wort a visit.

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