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“Unrenovated, lound and crowded” 1 of 5 stars
Review of The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum
No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
010-85007422, 85007421
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Ranked #14 of 1,238 attractions in Beijing
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge palace complex was built in the 15th century and later extensively renovated and restored during the Qing Dynasty in the 18th century.
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“Unrenovated, lound and crowded”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This was the worst sight we saw on our whole China trip. Not only were there masses of Chinese tour groups with speaker phones, but also there was basically nothing to see. To get to the interior of the rooms, you had to wait and squeeze by a crown of Chinese and Asian tourists. And once you poked your head into the rooms, they were often sealed with acrylic glas which was probably never cleaned since they installed it. The worst thing was, the Forbidden City wasn't even renovated, pait was coming off the walls and awnings, and the rooms had mostly nothing more in it than a chair. We spent all of 30 minutes in the city and that was more than enough.
A disappointing experience when you come from a city such as Pingyao where you are able to see beautiful old Chinese architecture in abundance.
A disappointing experience when you come from a city such as Pingyao where you are able to see beautiful old Chinese architecture and style of living in abundance.

Visited June 2012
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“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I was disappointed that we couldn't see inside the rooms and where we could peer into windows the inside was dark and unlit.

This could have been so much better.

Visited July 2012
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“Great tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We took a private tour with an Israeli guide - Ayal who we found through the Israeli Lemetayal-he cost an arm and a leg but was worth every penny-gave us a comprehensive understanding of the city and of Chinese history

Visited July 2012
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“Exciting history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

One of the places we visited on our recent trip to Beijing. The grounds are huge! be sure to use a tour guide so you know more of the history you are viewing and see it all. We really enjoyed this stop on our tour. Took many pictures.

Visited May 2012
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“Not spectacular but worth a visit.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

FORBBIDDEN CITY & TIANANMEN SQUARE –
Tiananmen Sq was huge but not really that exciting, did not have time to do the museums or mausoleum with this tour. The Forbidden City was massive but I thought it seemed sad in some ways. I felt sorry for the emperor and his women. House after house it just keeps going on forever and is all very much the same. The colour of the buildings is beautiful and the history behind the buildings is interesting. Very difficult to get a good look at things due to the number of people around. Gardens were lovely though, sat and had a lovely coffee there. Glad I have seen it but not raving over it, would not go back to see it if I return to China. The Chinese people are very proud of their heritage as they should be and our group was only one of 3 groups of westerners we saw there.

Visited June 2012
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