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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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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Former imperial palace, well restored

As the inspiration for the Forbidden City in Beijing it is worth a look. Not as impressive and less geared for the foreign tourist market, but then Shenyang isn't as well known... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lethbridge, Canada
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Novi Sad, Serbia
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19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Last weekend I visited this very interesting Imperial Palace... I suggest everybody to go there and visit this impressive palace... If you do not have a car, you can use subway line 1, or city buses... Ticket price is just 60 rmb.

Thank Nenad C
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place to visit , we paid for English speaking guide to understand the history, worth the extra money. I also went another day when the snow was falling it became even more magical.

Thank ShieldFamily
Lethbridge, Canada
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113 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the inspiration for the Forbidden City in Beijing it is worth a look. Not as impressive and less geared for the foreign tourist market, but then Shenyang isn't as well known as a tourist destination. However, more than worth the 2 to 3 hours required to see it all and an indication of the extensive history and culture of... More 

Thank Peter_Cain
Dalian, China
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You have heard about the Forbidden City. This is the place that inspired the Forbidden City. Definitley worth a visit.

Thank Ev M
Vancouver, Canada
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97 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Compared to other palaces I've visited in China and internationally, this isn't very impressive. However, given that Shenyang doesn't have a tonne of tourist activities, it is worth a visit if you have some free time but don't go out of your way. Took us about an hour to explore, take photos and read many of the write-ups. Beware that... More 

Thank ShawnaCanuck
Pretoria, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The palace is very interesting and from the buildings and items on display, you can see how old it is. Unfortunately, for foreign visitors there is not sufficient English explanation of what you are looking at. A lot of the history and message is lost in translation

Thank Tawnay
Xinzheng, China
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57 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

From 1625 until they moved the Imperial capital to Beijing in 1644, this was the home of the Manchu rulers. They continued using it as a home-away-from-home throughout the Qing Dynasty. It's basically a miniature Forbidden City, just like Beijing from which it was copied, but without the crowds. Numerous pavilions serve as mini-museums of Manchu weapons, attire, architecture, and... More 

Thank Gary T
Scottsdale AZ
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Interesting. Well worth visiting. Many signs in English, as well as Chinese. In good condition with lots of history

Thank flyawayAZ
Timisoara, Romania
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

If you will go to Shenyang this is one place that should be on your list. Real nice place whit a lot of history. The architecture and environment make you feel that you are going back in time

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Brisbane, Australia
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

For a chance to learn the fascinating history of this part of China, this main attraction of Shenyang is a must. Inside the entrance once you ave your ticket is a fine model of the layout to help orientate and a map with some English explanation opposite. Sadly there is no guide book in English. However to one side of... More 

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