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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
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Poor rating mainly because of the scam. Otherwise I would rate Beijing a 4. There have been a Myriad of write-ups on variants of this so I will keep mine short. Was in China on Business but managed to get 24 hours ant the end of the trip for some site seeing in Beijing. Young Chinese guy (~ 30 yrs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Be prepared for the crowd, be prepared to track, yes I mean track because this palace is huge! There's gonna be a lot of photo opportunity! Saw some restoration work being done. Hope this place can stand the test of time. Watch your bags as we witness a couple of police officer arresting a pair of father and son thieves.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The sheer size of the structure and the roof support architecture but the display cabinets glass panes were not well cleaned. Trash bins/baskets were placed but not utilized.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Gorgeous and grand. One of the most amazing palaces in the world. Make sure to go early. If you exit from Tiananmen West Metro, expect to see a long queue just to clear security. I suggest going from Qianmen metro, walking through Tiananmen to get to the Forbidden City instead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

You definitely need to see this place when you are traveling in BJ! I recommend you to go first to the Tiaanmen Square and from there walk to the Palace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

It's a huge place with beautiful architecture s. Lots to see n learn. Prepare to spent a few hrs there. Worth visiting.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The palace museum is a historically rich site near Tiananmen. Here are the pros and cons: Pros: 1. Security is tight in that area. All bags are checked at checkpoints near the palace. It is a very safe tourist spot as there many police officers patrolling. 2. The palace is big. You need the whole morning to explore the area.... More 

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