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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Reviewed yesterday

Its scenery is truly beautiful and attractive,making me feel so excited.I assure you it is worthy of a visit!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

It's a very huge royal palace I ever seen. A lot of ancient architeture, cultural relics, and beautiful legends all over the place. It's worth visiting

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Laura L
Reviewed yesterday

We followed doorways and lanes to reach pavillons out of the main block of the palace. They offer great views, a quieter place to explore and a lovely museum of ceramics.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Leona B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must visit in Beijing! This is my 2nd visit and first for my kids - still as amazing as ever. The sheer size and architecture of the palace is just mind boggling with all the different levels of waiting rooms, chambers and courtyards. Leaves...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

The scale of it all and all the sybolisms and details that went into the design of the entire area is truly amazing. It gives you a glimpse of the benign culture that China lives by.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bradleeflorist
Reviewed yesterday

No words to describe such a beauty. It wasn't particularly crowded (it was Friday) so the visit was pleasant. However, the place is not well curated, very few indications of what you are looking at. The audioguide does not provide enough details. So, read about...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 609alejandroa
Reviewed yesterday

Loved the stories behind the city. Was a bit taken aback by the number of people there but it also added to the excitement of being a tourist

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rofhiwan2017
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Forbidden City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and quite rightly so. It is the world' largest palace complex, containing 980 buildings boasting 9,999 rooms. The whole city is protected by a 32-foot wall, surrounded by a 20-foot moat. Currently known as the Palace...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Arthur W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visitors should probably check out this place first before anywhere else due to it's historic significance. Is it spectacular? Not really. Is it crowded? Oh yes.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AroundWorld300KDays
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a most amazing place. Our guide was very knowledgeable and really took us back to the time that the forbidden city was inhabited. Shame we couldn’t go into the buildings but understand the government has restored them inside.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Mary M
August 24, 2018|
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Response from JPMJMM | Reviewed this property |
It does take a few hours to see the whole place. I was there for about 4 hours but if you whip round and just see the main palaces it might take you an hour or 2. Depends how keen you are as after a while, they all seem to... More
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John K
August 8, 2018|
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We saw wheelchairs (and pushers) at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. These came at a cost, but they were available
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July 24, 2018|
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Response from Stefan198605 | Reviewed this property |
The entrance is not at Tiananmen square. You have to go through Tiananmen gate (the red one with the Mao portrait) and walk straight on for several hundred meters to get to the entrance.
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Travel Forum Posts
Stacy584
Los Angeles, California
4 Days in Beijing (8 Replies)
Dear TA, I have full four days (6 nights) in Beijing second week of Oct (Thur to Sun - full four days). I am planning to take public transportation to see all the sightseeing places. I am staying at 1 Nanheyan Street, Beijing, 100006. I am interested in visiting - 1. National Centre for the Performing Arts (outside pic only) 2. Temple of Heaven 3. Galaxy Soho (not shopping. Just for inside and outside pictures) 4. Jingshan Park 5. Great Wall at Mutianyu 6. Lama Temple 7....More
August 27, 2018|
Response fromJean-Pierre D|
Look at a map and group them accordingly. This is not a very busy schedule.
mrr400
New York City, New York
Holidays and sites (2 Replies)
Hi, will many of the tourist sites be available to see on Saturday and Sunday April 29 and 30 due to the upcoming Chinese Labour Day Holiday on Monday May 1? sites: Great Wall at Mutianyu, Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, Jingshan Park, New Silk Alley Market (Xiu Shui) or Pearl Market, Bell and Drum Towers, Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan), Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) ... Thank you
April 13, 2017|
Response fromJean-Pierre D|
No worries, everything opens all the time. Just expect a lot of people.