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Address: Southwest of the Old Town, Lijiang 674100, China
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Not quite the Forbidden City

This was the official residence of the Mu family of the Naxi tribe who were vassals of the Ming and Qing emperors. Unfortunately, the original palace was destroyed in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 12, 2017
Jacqui M
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201 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

This was the official residence of the Mu family of the Naxi tribe who were vassals of the Ming and Qing emperors. Unfortunately, the original palace was destroyed in the earthquake of 1996 and rebuilt in half the original size. It is reminiscent of the Forbidden City, but on a smaller scale. Nonetheless, the complex is impressive and some plum... More 

Thank Jacqui M
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

You get a taste of the life style of the rich and famous, chinese style. Architecture is great, worth a visit

Thank SAMagpie
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

The best combination of all Naxi old town characters, plus majority group Han 汗 palace characters. Once you purchase the ticket, a tour guy/lady will explain all the details of history and design of the Palace. All in Chinese, you may ask English speakers, not many of them can do it. The tour will take around 45min, worth to go... More 

Thank Linda R
Shanghai, China
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The palace as it is now, is a reconstruction of the original that was destroyed during the Qing Dynasty. However, it's a decent replication of the original, complete with artifacts from the original, as well as early decor. The palace itself is part of a large complex going partly up a hill to allow one to see the Lijiang Old... More 

Thank Eric J
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

Take your time walking through the palace (at lesst 1 - 2 hours). Soak in its grandeur, elegance and peace. Can get busy at places but it's big and easy enough to avoid the crowds.

Thank BirthdayB0y
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

This for us was the main highlight of Lijiang. A beautiful palace complex, with stunning views at the temple. We perceived it as a more digestable and colourful version of the Forbidden City - and without the crowds. Only downside is that it provides limited information on the history of the Mu family and its role in society. If you... More 

Thank Matthijs d
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

It's really Vast palace. Building and garden are China traditional design. It's interesting contrast between small shop street atmosphere in old town and this vast palace view.

Thank Hiroaosta
Sandnes, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Located in the center of the old town this is probably the quietest place in the city due to the extra entrance fee needed to enter. Make sure to show the "Lijiang Ancient Town Maintenance Fee" ticket you or you will be charged for it again. The Palace contains a few temples and several buildings displaying the furniture, clothing and... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Do note that additional entrance fees of RMB 60 has to be paid for entrance to this old dynasty. The Mu kingdom ( I termed it kingdom as it is indeed the local kingdom) decorated the "palace" like the great palace. However the MU king tried every details to distinguish that he is lower than the King of the Hans.... More 

Thank kktengkkteng
Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

The 60rmb entrance fee is expensive considering that one has to pay 80rmb to enter the city already. But it had the advantage of reducing the number of visitors and one had more or less the grounds to oneself. Great view of the old city when you climb up to the pavilion and that would save you having to cover... More 

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