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Address: NO. 4 Jingshanqian Street, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
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Phone Number: 010-85007422, 85007421
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8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge...

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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One of the major sights of Beijing

We visited the Summer Palace on our last day in Beijing. It is a massive site, set around a huge lake. The buildings are quite beautiful, some having been restored for the 2008... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the Summer Palace on our last day in Beijing. It is a massive site, set around a huge lake. The buildings are quite beautiful, some having been restored for the 2008 olympics. Well worth a visit, especially with a guide who can explain it all to you

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are licensed english speaking guides available at the entrance of the forbidden City for half the money usually charged. Our guides wealth of information helped us to better understand the importance of all the structures and the meridian passing through the whole place. An experience not to be missed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think it would be impossible not to visit the forbidden city without crowds of people. It's exhausting. You do get pestered by people selling things as well. If you are visiting you need lots of stamina

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The forbidden city is beautiful to walk through and has a length of 3.5 km There is a lot to see and quite a walk

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The Forbidden City, with its incredible history, the Emperors who ruled there during different Dynasties is a fascinating place with an intriguing story of ruthlessness, compassion, trickery, deceit, murder and revenge.Do not go without an excellent guide who can point out unique items of interest that are often missed. This is of course, an entire days exploration and tour. Incredible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is truly a truly magnificent palace..... And it is Huge. Plan to spend half a day or more to truly appreciate the beauty, history and significance of this historic building. Plan on wearing comfortable shoes and if you can afford it have a personal guide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A really large place to visit. Plan at least half day to enjoy the entire spot. We have visited it with Patrick - a very good and professional guide from tour travel china. He explained us a lot of details about historic moments.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You'll love it here if: - you're fascinated with China's imperial history - you're excited about visiting the former residence of China's emperors and empresses Reconsider if: - you have no interest in the imperial history of China - you don't fancy walking a whole day - you have agoraphobia If you want to throughly explore this place, you're going... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see! Historical site with a lot of history to be told! Beautiful temples that tell a story about the "old" city and emperors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The size is amazing, and so much history and very interesting, and get a guide or the head phones guide,it works on gps and so there is no and defo walk across[ well under it on the left when you walk out] and go to view point great views of city and forbidden city..

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