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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

Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this...

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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Pay special attention to the centre axis to compare some restored areas vs the others. It is even more stunning after snow.

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Hong Kong, China

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Pay special attention to the centre axis to compare some restored areas vs the others. It is even more stunning after snow.

Thank Chris S
Lee, NH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Prepare to spend lots of time here. We were thinking we were at the end when our guide said we had almost reached the center. The span is over-whelming, but we could not access any inside exhibits (tour, so had no say) The exhibits we could see from the doorways were lovely but the crowds were so heavy and pushing... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No visit to Beijing is complete without a visit to the Forbidden City. Just make sure you put your gym shoes on and try to visit during warmer months.

Thank idries
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I toured the Forbidden city on Nov 23 when it was very cold. Suprisingly crowded for a Monday. A lot of Chinese tourists were there visiting. I rented the self guided audio tour which was okay....it was only 40 yuan ( a little over $6). My unit seemed a little flaky, but it did a reasonable job. You can do... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had spent almost a month in China and Beijing was our last stop. So by this time we had seen a lot of ancient Chinese buildings so were a little underwhelmed at this experience. But I don't regret going as the Palace is simply amazing. The sear size of the place is mind-blowing and it is only a third... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been dreaming about The Forbidden City for years. It did not disappoint. Get there EARLY. The crowds can be very overwhelming. Take the train to Tiananmen Square East and get through security. Bring your passport or driver's license. Make sure you know where the bathrooms are, because you'll be looking for quite a while to find them. Once again,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The forbidden city palace is located near a subway in Beijing, and is very easy to get in. You must buy a ticket after entering the first gate, but it's worth it. Bring comfy shoes and warm clothes if you go in the winter, most of the areas are outside. Be prepared to go through a security check. There's a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We entered the Forbidden City at 10am. We took the buggy and their was mostly accessible access, but we did have to carry the buggy up a few stairs. Due to the cold though we need the buggy to keep our son warm-ish- bought a blanket in Beijing. Our son loved running round the open air areas and enjoyed the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took advice from a local friend, and hired a student guide and a car and driver (friends of a friend, via WeChat), and went early in the morning to Coal Hill Park at the north end, where you can hike up the hill to a pagoda with a great view of the whole Forbidden City, looking south. In the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I paid my visit almost 6 years ago. People says this is a must to visit museum, so I went. This is a huge remain kept really well both the buildings and indoor displays. If you plan to go and interested in historical places, this place will make you stay for a whole day.

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