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Shenyang Imperial Palace (Gu Gong)

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Address: No.171 Shenyang Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang 110011, China
Phone Number: 024-24843819
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Gu Gong imperial Palace Shenyang

Very interesting- but it helps if you take a few minutes before you go and get a condensed version of the history. It will make more sense when you go through the 114 buildings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Very interesting- but it helps if you take a few minutes before you go and get a condensed version of the history. It will make more sense when you go through the 114 buildings!! I spent about 4 hours there and it was a good learning cultural experience. Most of the signs and displays have English information. I did buy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

If you are interested in historic spots i suggest this palace. Although the ticket sellers was not so friendly as I tried to hand out my student card to get the ticket discount, she replied No and said nothing else, I had a good time there. You can also try throwing the coins onto the old wall, and if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

With China's renewed interest of late in the Qing Dynasty, what better place to visit than where it all began. Although more expensive than the Beijing Forbidden City, there was just as much on offer but in a more condensed (not to mention less crowded) attraction. The clock display is really amazing as is the porcelain and carving exhibition. Overall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

Much smaller in scale compared to Imperial Palace in Beijing and hence much more manageable as well. Those who study Chinese history and loves Ching dynasty T V drama will have a lot of fun, as emperors and their queens lived or visited. Do hire a tour guide to listen to the stories about their lives and their stories, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Visited way back in 1996, 2000 when I was a child, then again in 2010 as an adult, things have changed a lot here in Gu Gong沈阳故宫。Here was the palace where the first Qing Emperor first settled-Nurhaci in 1632. Historical yet fascinating, I would like to take pictures in the main palace right after the first heavenly gate. At any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The imperial palace of shenyang is worth the visit, the architecture is very interesting and the exhibitions are great. Better to do it on a sunny day in order to take good pictures. What I liked about this smaller forbidden city is that it hasn't been restored yet so there is an old look to it that feels very authentic,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty which later moved its headquarters to Beijing. Interesting to see the different spaces e.g. where the Emperor dealt with officials and administrative matters, read with his concubines, ate, conducted ceremonies - all in different buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed going through this Imperial Palace in Shenyang as unlike the Beijing Forbidden City, the crowd is sparse, the exhibits nicely displayed and the structures decently maintained. Highly recommended for a visit if you are in Shenyang and interested in Ching Dynasty history...

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is, I would say the original Gu Gong, while the one in Beijing is the newer Gu Gong which based on this one, but much much bigger. Even though this is smaller compared to the one in Beijing, but you still need kind of a half day to explore this place thoroughly.

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Singapore River, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

this is not as grandeur compared to the beijing forbidden city. but it offers its own style and sights. dont underestimate its size, you can still spend few hours in there if you are interested in the information and how, the manchus lived before they invade the ming dynasty. built during nuerhachi's era, subsequently completed and expanded by his son,... More 

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