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Shenyang Imperial Palace (Gu Gong)

No.171 Shenyang Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang 110011, China
024-24843819
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Ranked #2 of 142 attractions in Shenyang
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles, Museums, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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Paradise Point, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I didn't know that Shenyang had been the capital of Manchuria during the Qing dynasty. The Imperial palace in Shenyang is similar style to the one in Beijing but on a smaller scale so it is much easier to see and understand. There is an excellent museum display of ceramics too. All the signage is in English and easy to... More

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Shenyang, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Even it's much smaller than the forbidden city in Beijing, but it's the best place to learn and understand the Manchu traditional culture and the history of the last emperor's ancestor.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Shenyang, formerly known Mukden during Qing Manchurian era, is the capital and largest city of Liaoning Province, as well as the largest city in Northeast China. Mukden Palace, also known as the Shenyang Imperial Palace, is the former imperial palace of the early Qing Dynasty of China. Constructed in 1625, the palace was the official residential palace of the first... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

you're in Shenyang. obviously you're here for the chinese culture and history experience! Gu Gong was my first stop and should be for all people interested in the culture, It ties in the ancient feudal history with modern events such as the japanese invasion of China, the manchuco incident etc. It helped me to understand the cultural eruption that was... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This was very enjoyable. The palace is large but not overwhelming. Our guide was knowledgeable and I think she memorized the history and stories very well. Her English was not good enough to handle questions very far beyond what she communicated to us. Nevertheless, it was a joy to have her as our guide. I would highly recommend you hire... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We went to both imperial palaces in Beijing and Shenyang. We like this one better. It is smaller and easy to get around. There were fewer people and we enjoyed our time there. The palace provided a different historical perspective compared to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. We finished the entire palace in about three hours. The location is nearby... More

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Woodend, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The detailed history of this can be googled quite easily, but when I was told of the significance of this site I was surprised. The architecture is stunning and original and the site is well worth a visit.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

While we visited the Forbidden City first and this was much smaller, I actually found it very interesting to visit here and see the similarities (and what they were clearly trying to emulate) about he forbidden city as well as the distinctive Manchu elements. This is a much smaller, and easier to walk around. When we were here there was... More

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Shenyang
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Imperial Palace in Shenyang is the best place to learn how the Qing emperor live and work before go to Beijing. It is well kept and easy to reach, and nearby one of the shopping center, the main street.

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Shenyang, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Shenyang Imperial Palace is a kind of a small Beijing Imperial Palace. If u ever been to Beijing's GuGong, then no need to visit Shenyang's GuGong.

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