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Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, 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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Followed advice, only entry by the main Meridian (south) gate, keep walking past all the ticket outlets until you get to the very last one. ¥60 entry ¥40 for the audio guide... read more

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Followed advice, only entry by the main Meridian (south) gate, keep walking past all the ticket outlets until you get to the very last one. ¥60 entry ¥40 for the audio guide (didn't rate the audio guide much as it uses slightly different names than on the map so was a little confusing) Found a very lovely quite garden on... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is best to visit in the middle of the week. Never on a Saturday or Sunday. The volume of visitors on weekends is overwhelming. I am a seasoned traveler who has visited many sights around China over the last 20 years. It is best to read before you visit and go to say you went. It is central to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent a large part of the day here. A lot to look at, very interesting and a must visit. If you have mobility problems it could be difficult

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really impressive, though the buildings tend to be repetitive in terms of style. I definitely recommend at least 4 to 5 hours. I did it in 3 hours and i had to run. The place is so huge.

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Shellharbour, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Join a 1 day tour to the forbidden city in Beijing, looks like the forgotten city more like it. It's a hot day to start with & a sea of people inside the city area..was disappointed as we couldn't see much, just too many people in the one area. A lot of the place aren't open to tourists & public.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It doesn't matter when you come, early in the morning or late noon, it would always be crowded with desperate and rude Chinese. Get ready to walk, and don't forget an umbrella, in case it rains or it's sunny, and lots of water and food. For discount show student ID (60¥->20¥) If you feel lost, just follow the crowd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited recently with friends. Having lived in Beijing for almost a year, I had seen the Forbidden City from the outside, but never inside. We went in June and arrived via the metro station at Tiananmen Square. When you first enter and start to wander around, you look at the place in awe - as it is so massive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not what I expected, but still pretty nice. A must visit in Beijing. Extremely crowded, which can be a bit annoying.. Restrooms awful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Definetly is a place that if you are in China you must go. It is giant and impressive for the power it shows. The only problem is that it is crowded of people any place. So it becomes difficult to see and understand the different buildings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a very rainy Beijing day, a small group of us visited Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. The July rain was a bit of an irritant-- it's not like the rain I'm used to living in the PNW, there was no way to not be soaked to the skin-- in fact, I'd suggest adding the humidity, the moisture is... More 

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