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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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Just like everyone else, I was mesmerized by the palace. I took the time to read the history of the palace prior to visiting and the time really paid off in understanding... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I can only agree that the crowd in July was too much. Not only do you have to queue up for the ticket and the security and then again for an audio guide but you simply can not enjoy the place. Too many people. Additionally my audio guide worked only half of the time and was hard to understand (it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I really do not understand the hype about the Forbidden City. Yes, it is large and yes it has a very fascinating history attached and yes one should see it if in Bejing but going to Beijing just to see this sight is not advised. All you see are a few buildings from the outside (you cannot enter any of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It was really interesting and thankfully we had a tour guide to explain things to us. The only reason I gave it this rating is because there´s too many people, I could barely walk. And many information signs were only in Mandarin, which means they were not realy ready for tourists. Aside from this, it has beautiful architecture and history.

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Graham, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Just like everyone else, I was mesmerized by the palace. I took the time to read the history of the palace prior to visiting and the time really paid off in understanding. Architecturally it is magnificent and it takes time just to take it all in. You can make history come alive with very little imagination. You have to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Forbidden City is beautiful and tells the story of China's great dynasties. The security has changed. You must queue before entering. This is VERY important, bring your passport. You can't purchase a ticket without it. We were very lucky our hotel let us know. We might have spent all that time and could have been turned away.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My son and I visited the Forbidden City by taking the subway to Tiananmen East and getting out at exit #C. The entry fee was 60 yuan, and we had to queue to purchase tickets which took a very long time. Although the ticket lines did not seem very long, persons were continually giving ID's to other persons in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The Forbidden City is opposite Tiananmen Square - yin/yang and you go through a Security check when you go from the one to the other. You do not cross the road although there are security points where you can cross the road - you go downstairs through the underground. It is wide and safe and clean. The Forbidden city is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent despite the crowds. I've been here a few times and have found that a guide helps to understand the significance of things you'd miss with just a book.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is a great experience, the place is massive and as you walk through it it just seems to keep going and going. One of our fav experiences in China

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The Forbidden City (also called the Palace Museum) is one of the top two sights in Beijing. Expect crowds, and avoid weekends when it is most crowded. I visited before the daily limit on the number of visitors was put in place. There were long, but fast moving, queues for tickets. You must enter from the southern end: Tian'anmen (Gate... More 

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Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
Phone Number: 010-85007422, 85007421
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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