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“An Oasis of Tranquility”

The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
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“An Oasis of Tranquility”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

In the midst of the bustle of the Forbidden City, the Imperial Garden is a true oasis of tranquillity. Beautiful trees, plants, rocks and water features set out according to the principles of feng shui.
It is important to have a local guide describe it, otherwise much of its significance will be missed.
Amazing to think that this was where the emperors of China used to relax only just over one hundred years ago.

Visited September 2013
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“the last detail”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Further to my previous review of the Forbidden City it's essential to draw your attention to the Imperial garden- the essence f this place is totally magical. We were lucky that on the day we were there it was virtually deserted so that the peace and tranquility of the place came through. Visiting such an enclave really gives an insight into Oriental perceptions of space and time which is something we often miss completely when we are touring and concentrating on getting as many pictures taken and as much done as possible in the time available- Slow down and look at the flowers!.

Visited July 2013
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“A jewel in the Forbidden City”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Forbidden City is an impressive place, all stone, bricks, tiles, and space. In many ways, it seems very cold and not a nice place to live. This garden likely made the place liveable for royalty that once lived there. This relatively small garden is in the last section of the complex that you visit. It has a lovely feel with truly homey nooks and greenery that is not present in the formal parts of the Forbidden City. Despite the crowds, it still felt like an oasis on a hot Beijing day.

Visited August 2013
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“It's okay, but still nice to see”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

When visiting the Forbidden City this is the last section you see before exiting on the other side. Yes, it is beautiful, but then again so is most other gardens that you can see in Beijing. My wife and I went through pretty quickly as it was getting quite crowded and we were pretty tired after going through the rest of the Forbidden City.

This is still a must-see as any Beijing visitor has to go through the Forbidden City or else their visit won't be complete.

Visited September 2013
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“Go to another garden”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

Not really a garden... More pagodas and a few trees. The rest of ForbiddenCity is much better; I ended walking around the garden twice looking for the "garden". Pass by and move forward.

Visited September 2013
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