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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 #14 of 1,198 Attractions in Beijing
4.5 of 5 stars 5,420 Reviews
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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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

very large and magnificent open air museum,its so large that I afraid that you lose your time or some interesting places if you have not a good guide, although in reality every coroner of this palace is magnificent.

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Gresham, Oregon
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

So it is now called the Palace Museum which is a bit confusing. We made a day of it. We decided to go early on a Sunday, because we wanted to see the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, and Beihai park all in one day. They are all right next to each other. We hired a local guide that worked with... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

It's an incredible feeling to be able walk on the soils of one of the greatest palace city of the world. The former dwelling place for the emperors and the heart of ancient Chinese administrations, the forbidden city has seen the ups and downs of 2 dynasties. I have visited this incredible site 3 times over the past years and... More 

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Pyeongtaek, South Korea
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79 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The Palace Museum (Forbidden City) is beautiful and incredibly large. We came in the off season (end of November) and were still surprised by the number of visitors we had to contend with. I am very thankful we didn't have to wade through the seas of tourists that must be there during the summer! Though you can go through the... More 

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Bridgeton, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Well, this Forbidden City area is surprisingly much larger than anything I had imagined. There are three gate buildings and two courtyards before you get to the terraces and buildings that everyone has seen in pictures and movies. Then seeing all the real living spaces is also somewhat of a surprise, as i, at least, did not know that so... More 

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Las Piñas, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Visiting the Forbidden Palace within the Forbidden City was a memorable experience during my visit with my friend in Beijing. It was a freezing day at negative 3 degrees, when we went to the forbidden city then to the palace and then to the palace museum. for those who love asian / chinese architecture, and the arts, this place is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

It's quite mind-blowing how big this space is. It is well guarded by security officers and an entrance fee of 40rmb is required. It's amazing how the intricate design and architecture withstands the test of time, albeit after going through many restoration works. It was quite crowded despite it being the low season. However, due to the size of the... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

Cause the walk is going to be looooong! So all the other guys have told you all you will see and appreciate, the history of the site, etc etc...so I will skip it. Yes it's worth it, yes I will do it again, yes it's more expensive inside to buy a souvenir and yes it is even better if you... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I have visited The Forbidden City (Palace Museum) three times, and feel like I have only begun to scratch the surface of the former home of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It sits across from Tianamen Square on acres of prime real estate and its several hundred buildings offer a fascinating glimpse of life in the Royal Court from the... More 

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I got the impression that this has been the hiding place for the Royal families during hundreds of years. Here they had the opportunity of living a great life without beeing observed by the Chineese people. What a life with hundreds of concubines and so on!

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