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The Forbidden City Depth Half Day Tour
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The Forbidden City Depth Half Day Tour

This is the palace museum; also know as the Purple Forbidden City. It is the largest and most well reserved imperial residence in China today. Beijing Forbidden City is the head of the world's top five palaces. The Forbidden City was built begin in 1406 and it took 14 years to built it. The first ruler who actually lived here was Ming Emperor Zhudi. The distance From North to south is 961 meters, and 753 meters from east to west. And the area of about 725,000 square meters. The Imperial Palace has 8704 rooms. In 1987 the Forbidden City was recognized a world cultural legacy.
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Irene wrote a review Apr 2019
New York City, New York67 contributions12 helpful votes
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We went on a long weekend so there are a lot of people, which was a little bit annoying as you could not focus on enjoying the architecture and art with people everywhere pushing and shouting around. The mansion itself is very impressive with a rich history behind. It was occupied by a famously corrupt official and then a prince in the Qing dynasty. All the buildings are in red, blue and green, which coupled with the blossoming tree makes up a beautiful scene. The garden particularly is a gem that is worth taking a walk around.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Maxim B wrote a review Mar 2019
Ottawa, Canada836 contributions84 helpful votes
A beautiful estate with a great garden, full of Qing Dynasty history. Each of the rooms/pavilions has mini exhibitions and exhibits of the living quarters from the era. Busier in the afternoon than the morning because most tour groups tend to visit other attractions in the morning (e.g. Forbidden City or the Temple of Heaven). Giving this place 4 stars only because I did not get a chance to experience the tour guide or the bathrooms because the original visit plan had to be changed.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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TravelingCat22 wrote a review Jan 2019
Tucson, Arizona2,317 contributions829 helpful votes
This mansion has the same layout as the Forbidden City but being smaller, it is easier to grasp and also less visited, not as crowded, which was great. The area around it is also quite interesting, real hutongs, less commercialized than the ones that are east. I saw on the Beijing tourism website that it is temporarily closed in January 2019 so double-check before you head there.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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rsenteno wrote a review Aug 2018
Phoenix, Arizona319 contributions75 helpful votes
Just a superficial grotesque commerical sight. It's a pure money grab dead spot for tourists. A total skip. Don't waste your time.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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wh59440 wrote a review Jun 2018
Morristown, New Jersey2 contributions2 helpful votes
This's a resident complex for a couple of very famous historical figures in Qing Dynasty, we came in expected to see and feel how the rich and powerful live and indulge themselves in those bygone era. You will get none of that. The Complex itself is well maintained, however almost all buildings were locked, very few opened doors were show contemporary artwork or overprized commercial souvenir in modern setting. There're 1000's interesting things to see in BJ, this's not one of them Oh, there's huge LED screen near front door, broadcasting in Chinese, bragging about how this corporation's brand marketing and commercial exploitation with outstanding results. Yeah, you heard and see this 'FU' (fortunate) word at every corner, one of the overhyped superstition word for common folks.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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