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The Palace Museum

Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
Phone Number: 010-85007422, 85007421
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Ranked #6 of 1,450 things to do in Beijing
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this...
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Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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.
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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The forbidden city is surrounded by a river, the place is vast ,must see if in Beijing.One will spend at least two hours just walking from the front entrance to the back exit.Entrance about $6

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The Forbidden City is huge and even though we spent all day there we didn't see everything. We bought the audio guide and it was good enough for us. If you only have a limited amount of time, pre-plan which buildings or places you want to see and view them first, otherwise you may run out of time. Certain parts... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I've visited the Palace Museum (aka The Forbidden City) several times since first visiting Beijing in 1996, and it truly rates as one of those attractions where the 'wow factor' is just as good as what you expect. In a single visit you'll be able to get through all of the main pavilions, but it's a huge site so will... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This site is known by most as 'The Forbidden City'. It is usually done as part of a day tour with the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is located right in front of the main entrance gate to the Forbidden City. This place is always crowded and especially so on holidays. There is very little... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Also one of the must see while in Beijing - even though it is not too much to see. All the buildings look the same and the walk through the whole "city" takes less then an hour...and still there was nothing that mesmerized me/us. The buildings are beautiful in its own ways, the environment of the "city" is spectacular -... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I visited The Palace Museum (aka the Forbidden City) on my last day in Beijing. Maybe because I had already had enough of the tourist crowds or because I had also visited the Summer Palace before, but the Palace Museum really didn't win me over. Don't get me wrong, the sheer size of the city (and a CITY it really... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

many different museums, porcelan, jewelry, take a good map at the entrance, it will help you don't miss anything

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

If you didn't know, the Palace Museum IS the Forbidden City. For starters this locations was PACKED Chinese New Years Day. When you get off of the subway (or any transport) you will have to go through a security check in to get to the city. People are constantly pushing and cutting. Have your Passport ready because in some lines... More 

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Buildings are maintained however there is always room for improvement. Toilets are surprisingly clean too, not much litter as well. Wear good walking shoe as this is not your usual museum it is the forbidden city you know?! 😄✌️

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

So I've visited Gu Gong/Forbidden City way back in 1998, Dec 2008 and again in Aug 2011 while living in the wonderful international city of Beijing, China's proud capital. It is better to visit here in the spring(Late Mar to Mid May) or autumn(Early Sep to Early Nov) because it is TOO COLD IN THE WINTER AND WAY TOO HOT... More 

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