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The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

...of emperors topping themselves by hanging themselves off trees, whilst others at another time would have gotten up to no good behind the bushes living in sin within this here gardens (ok I made the second part up - but it must have been true).

Walk the paths ministers and emperors took thru the gardens in the quiet surrounding while contemplating or reflecting upon their decisions affecting old Imperial China (tho not any more - it was bloody crowded & noisy when I was there!)

Get there early, and may you have a great time!

Thank Joukowski
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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We visit the Imperial Garden and was very impress that we just relax and spend almost 1 hour there admiring it.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

It's really important to be at the Forbidden City ready for when it opens. I waited until about 9.30am and whilst this was only 30 minutes after the complex opened, there were people everywhere. Get there early, be the first in, and really enjoy it, avoid the crowds - they are ridiculously plentiful (you won't believe it!).

Thank TVH3121
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Imperial Garden was our favorite part of the Palace museum. The trees were awesome and the rocks were interesting. We enjoyed walking around in this peaceful garden. It also seemed less crowed then the rest of the palace.

Thank Renee K
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

classical Chinese gardens are more common in the south, like in and near Shanghai; the Imperial Garden at the Palace Museum (which is what they now call the Forbidden City) is what the Emperor at the time had constructed because he didn't want to have to travel south to the Shanghai area for example in order to enjoy traditional Chinese classical gardens.

For those who have never been to a traditional Chinese classical garden, they aren't like western gardens or botanical gardens. It's more about using Feng shui to arrange natural components like water and wood (trees and so on) and rocks to create a beautiful scene of harmony where one can contemplate, for example, how many slaves have to die in order for the Great Wall to be completed.

The Chinese also consider rocks that naturally have many holes in them, resembling swiss cheese kind of, to be special. So the whole area is full of amazingly beautiful old cypress trees, some of them 500 years old or older, and amazingly beautiful huge rocks with natural holes all in them, all artfully arranged around bridges and pagodas and streams and more rocks and other plants and so on. It's really quite amazing and beautiful, obviously, and it's at the back of the Forbidden City so definitely a great place to kind of take a relaxing break and meditate for final time on Chinese imperial greatness before exiting the complex.

It can be quite crowded during good weather, however, so that could hamper photo opportunities. Also when you decide to leave, the street vendors are notorious for haunting the exit and barraging you with offers to buy fake rolex watches and photo books and postcards and hats and gloves and umbrellas and roasted sweet potatoes and chestnuts and so on. So keep your hand on your wallet or whatever.

Also note, if you want the full Chinese classical garden experience, go to Shanghai. They have classical gardens there that put this one to shame.

Thank kakos_theo
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