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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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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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Who would think of ping to Beijing and not see Forbidden City?!?!? Give yourself at least 3 hrs. Crowds are big in summer as many Chinese like to go as well. The place is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

There is no doubt that the Palace Museum must be visited, at least once. It is a testimony of the past, but no longer lively. Some "refreshment" would be worth.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Who would think of ping to Beijing and not see Forbidden City?!?!? Give yourself at least 3 hrs. Crowds are big in summer as many Chinese like to go as well. The place is expansive, beautiful, too many museums in there for you to see, so plan to spend a day there. Then if not, 3 hrs and the rest... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Palace Museum - or commonly known as the Forbidden City, is one of the most impressive historical sites in the world. The vastness combined with symmetry, detail and architectural splendour is hard to rival. While navigating through the numerous halls and courtyards, it is easy to imagine the former times of this country with its deep history. Impossible to... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Don't tell people you've been to Beijing unless you've been to the Palace Museum. This is the must go place where you will discover history, relics, architectures and ancient philosophy. Do go early to avoid the crowd.

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We arrived early to beat the queues but there were thousands of people around. The scale of the place is immense. The queues moved fairly well and we were soon inside the Forbidden City and start to learn the history of the site. It is difficult to comprehend such a large city within a city. Huge temples abound. Be prepared... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Acers of land with great architecture, imperial collections, beautiful landscaped gardens. You need alteast 4 to 5 hour to explore it completely. Visit only if you have interest in history and architecture.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The name Forbidden City is still more appropriate for this attraction, as it is a huge complex of palaces within a huge area of Beijing. Be prepared to walk for hours and also to wait for a chaotic line up to buy tickets - unless you're part of a tour. Don't miss the gardens!

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

You wander through the first two courtyards and you've seen it all. As you can't get inside any of the buildings (except some exhibitions whose interior has nothing in common with the original anymore) or climb some of the walls the rest feels like seeing copy + paste. Sure this place has a rich history, but the way it's presented... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Not much to see of consequence in this vast museum. If you want to see the real riches of the PRC, you must to Taiwan.

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We visited by ourselves without a tour guide. Its pretty straight forward, you can easily get the bassic idea just by reading the signs. Of course we missed a lot of details but its doable. Veryyy crowded and you will walk a lot!

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