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Shenyang Imperial Palace (Gu Gong)

No.171 Shenyang Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang 110011, China
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Ranked #2 of 142 attractions in Shenyang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Museums, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
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Shenyang, China
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93 reviews 93 reviews
38 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I went here with a friend from Shenyang on a Saturday morning. We didn't know if when we bought the tickets, but a show started at 10 am - and we just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Unfortunately we don't know if this is an hourly or daily happening. The show was about a... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Not crowded; smaller but better than the big one in Beijing.. We liked this one better. Many shops on the outside streets for cheap trinkets and good local restaurants.

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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Shenyang palace was the royal palace for the Manchurian emperors before they took over the entire China and moved the capital to Beijing. It is a much smaller palace than the Beijing palace, maybe less than 1/10. However, it is more Manchurian original, especially the first-built eastern corridor. Although much smaller and less well maintained, it is still interesting... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It is just can not be described in words about this palace. It in beautifully crafted historical monument and it is what you MUST visit if you are in Shenyang. Popularly known by its Chinese name GUGONG (say this word to taxi driver and he will take you to this monument). It will take around 90 minutes to see this... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The palace was first constructed in 1625-26 and many expansions were added later. It was the palace of the two first emperors of the Qing Dynasty. It is smaller in size than the Beijing Forbidden City, but yet a remarkable architectural of over 100 buildings. The palace has rich reflections on ancient architectural and art, history of the Qing Dynasty... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The architecture is great to see. There were few signs in English so I could not read too much. If you have a Chinese student card they give you a good discount. Plan to spend about 3 hours at least. The streets surrounding also have great souvenirs. Don't buy post cards inside the palace, there are cheaper post cards in... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Whilst not on the scale of The Forbidden City, The Shenyang Imperial Palace is more impressive, with more complete displays and detailed architecture set in some very pleasant surroundings. Additionally, a good level of explanation surrounding the Mancu culture and Qing Dynasty is provided with only a small faction of the tourists that visit The Forbidden City. A must do... More

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra
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3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is an outdoor attraction that I visited early spring. It was very easy to see as there aren't as many tourists as the Beijing palaces. It isn't as large albeit by no means small. Great architecture, nice courtyard, easy walk. What else do you want? I heard that summers are hot and winters bitter cold; spring was marvelous!

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Western Australia
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Visited Gu Gong during the May day holiday so it was very busy. My girlfriend was able to explain some of the history as we walked around this amazing palace. I was enthralled by the buildings, being able to view the life as it would have been within the palace grounds. A must do when you visit Shenyang

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Shenyang, China
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Shenyang Imperial Palace is the second largest Palace complex in China. Conveniet location, malls cinemas, hotels, restaurants and subway Line 1. If you interested Best time to visit is between June to Oct.

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