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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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Get your best foot forward!

We visited on our own and found that when you reach the East Gate entrance (exit only), you have to walk left around the outside to get to the main entrance. Even when you get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Ferring, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We visited on our own and found that when you reach the East Gate entrance (exit only), you have to walk left around the outside to get to the main entrance. Even when you get there, you have to walk further left to queue at the main ticket office, get the tickets and then go back to the main entrance.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This place is worth a visit if you have a guide telling you the history of the family that have stayed there or other history facts. I felt the audio guide just describe how the palace is built or what it's made out off or how much wood they use. I think they could have taken a better approach having... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Great place to take the family and explore. You have to pay extra to visit the clock museum, but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

The Palace Museum or Forbidden City is an absolute must see. It is enormous so allow lots of time to wander down side alleys and into all the concubine apartments and side museums once you have enjoyed the majesty of the main pavilions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Only place in China that wasn't destroyed by the cultural revolution. Amazing history and art. A must see for any traveler to Beijing.

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Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

The Forbidden City (Y40/pp) was our LEAST DESIRABLE venue in Beijing, and very difficult to appreciate with the multitude of LARGE tourist groups, each with their banner-waving guide with a loudspeaker strapped to their chest, and their groups of tourists with wacky, colored caps. From buying the entrance ticket to the pushing/shoving experienced with getting views/photos inside buildings, the historical... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

This was one of our must see places. We were surprised how big it was, you know intellectually but to be there WOW!!! If you only see one thing in Beijing it has to be this, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time at least 3/4 hours to get the best out of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This should be on your list of to do's while in Beijing. May sure you wear you good pair of walking shoes.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It'll be hard to avoid this attraction as it's considered a world heritage site and a "must-see" attraction. Keep in mind that it gained this status on cultural/historical reasons. If someone had built this in 1980, you'd have to pay people to come see it. As you can already gather, I was rather disappointed. The first few halls are impressively... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This whole site was just fantastic. Be ready for plenty of walking, big crowds and many steps but you will not remember this only the great site. We had a guide that was a great advantage as she took us directly to the major sites and the hidden gems. Can's say a bad thing about this site, just go!!

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