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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 #12 of 1,242 attractions in Beijing
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A fascinating place but very large and monotonous with no context. For a lightweight introduction watch The Last Emperor first. There is a significant amount of history here so some kind if guide is essential.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

And you'd think of wealth inequality, you'll have to give this palace a visit. The palaces of European royalty have nothing on the grandeur of this place. There's even an imperial garden inside which is impressive in itself. Just be wary of the throngs of people that come visit every year. Entrance is 60 yuan but well worth the adventure... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I visited the forbidden city as part of my intrepid tour. I have to say I was disappointed, it just seems like loads of building in different courtyards, which you cannot be sure are old or not, no buildings open to go inside, and incredibly hot when I went in July, and the most people crammed into one place I've... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The forbidden city itself is a more than impressive place and everyone who has the chance should go. The museum itself does not live up to the high expectations this extraordinary place suggests. It is build for mass tourism and with no eye for details. The audio tour was ok, but as well not especially great or well detailed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It’s the culmination of the trip – visit to the Forbidden Palace. The culture and the history of China all comes together here. For centuries foreigners were not allowed to step foot inside the palace, and being here now is awe-inspiring. Come early as the lines can get pretty long.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The history, culture, scenery...just so much information it can be overwhelming. The museum and the Forbidden City itself are just part of the cities treasures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Why else would you come to Beijing. We got a nice guide of the side entrance which bypasses all the gates from Tinamin Square (near moat)- well misses all the shops and throngs. But it is crowded at least this place is huge and YOU MUST GO THERE.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Slightly embarrassed that this happened to me as I consider myself a seasoned traveler. 18 countries, some multiple times in the last year and a lot of tuk tuk / rickshaw rides. Thought best to share my experience, but will not add to reviews of the Palace (which was very good) Got to the end of the site, and you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is definitely one of the must sees in Beijing. We had an English speaking tour guide, who explained some of the fascinating history surrounding this huge palace. This was the home of 24 emperors, which date back to the 15th century. The architecture and the attention to detail is truly stunning. Be prepared for large crowds!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

That is the famous forbidden city! Plan to spend at least 3 to 4 hours there. Line to buy tickets may be long, but do not worry because it goes fast. Is summer, take an umbrella!

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