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Address: The Entrance Gates Of Gugong, Beijing 100006, China
Phone Number: 010-85007421,85007420
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Gateway to the Forbidden City

The center arch was formerly reserved for the Emperor alone; the exceptions were the Empress, who could enter it once on the day of her wedding, and the top three scholars of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The center arch was formerly reserved for the Emperor alone; the exceptions were the Empress, who could enter it once on the day of her wedding, and the top three scholars of the triennial civil service examinations, who left the exams through the central arch.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 577 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The first time you see the entrance you feel something below your skin, that excitement and sensation of having the chance of doing something totally impossible 300 years ago. Accessing the Forbidden City was a privilege for a few and a punishment for a lot, and having the possibility of seen this place was truly unique. The tickets are bought... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I was so surprised by the thickness of the gate. Definitely a must see in Beijing. I agree with other posters, step through and journey back in time. History. Architecture. Beauty. Plan plenty of time. Find a quiet place (yes you can) and reflect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a must see when visiting Beijing. The place is huge and it is a great look at history in China

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A time machine. You can almost feel yourself being transport back in history. Enter it and begin your journey through the Forbidden City.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This gate is so huge and when you walk through it feels like you step hundreds of years back in history! It's an iconic sight and you will most likely cross it on your way to The Forbidden City. Be aware of the crowds..

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Entry into the Forbidden City, get a great view from across the street for some good photos, nice entry into the City and well worth seeing.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

First read up on the history of the forbidden city then imagine travelling back it time and walk around this huge enclosed part of the city.... I've visited it more than once to really appreciate the grandeur of it. You cannot not visit this city whilst in Beijing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

It is main gate to enter the forbidden city. Forbidden city itself is a complex of ancient Chinese emperor palace. Must visit object in China. It is symbolic.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is the main gate leading to the Palace Museum. Tickets can be bought to your left while approaching the gate, in the middle of the courtyard. It costs RMB 60 per person.

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