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“Go with a tour guide” 4 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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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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“Go with a tour guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I visited the Forbidden City/Imperial Palace/Palace Museum as part of a tour. I appreciated the information the tour guide gave me about the architecture and history of the emperors. Without this information, walking through the palace would not have been very interesting. Everything looks the same and there is not enough information to explain what you are seeing.

Visited July 2013
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“Forbidden City is breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Set aside a day for the Forbidden City (Palace Museum) and you still won't see it all. Until 1948 only members of the imperial family and their invited officials could enter the grounds. It must still feel extraordinary for Chinese peoples to enter the site. Standing in front of the entrance, under a giant picture of Chairman Mao, one looks over Tiananmen Square which is over 100 acres in size. The recent and ancient history in the square and the palace is overwhelming to consider. This is a must see location in Beijing.

Visited December 2012
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“Don't miss the clock museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

On the right side of the Palace Museum, there is a clock museum. Ha, clocks, you say? These are clocks that were presented to various Emperors by foreign governments. Some of them are as big as a small room and as elaborate. I had avoided it for many years, but after visiting it once, it has become a must see! That along with gardens in the far North of the Palace Museum, don't miss them.

Visited May 2013
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“Crowds and heat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

The former Forbidden City was interesting and our guide was knowledgable. I cannot believe one man lived here with his family, concubines and eunuchs. Unlike Versailles that was built to house thousands of nobles in addition to the king and his family, the dignitaries stayed else where. The buildings are beautiful, the thrones are interesting and the sculptures are beautiful. The garden would have been a treat were it not for the heat and the crowds!

Visited July 2013
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“Enjoyed the history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I really enjoyed the history of this site. I had a personal guide so I don't know how much it cost to get in. It was very crowded but if you walk along the outside and don't just follow the crowds you can see the buildings much easier. I like how they have been repainting the detail so you can see the vibrant colors. I liked this better than the Summer Palace.

Visited June 2013
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