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“Must-see when in Beijing”

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Ranked #5 of 1,567 things to do in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Steeped in history. A great place to visit. Try to get a good English speaking guide and get there early in the morning.

Thank AlanMerrins
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

What a historical place..It's busy tourist place..Plan ahead for at least half day trip..Its quite big place..

Thank PPatel_401
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

This was my 5th visit of this great place as I wanted to take some friends who were visiting Beijing for the first time. Always very beautiful and impressive; the only downside of the visit from my part: We arrived there a bit too late as there were big crowds all over. It was a combination of arriving too late in the morning plus the holiday time of the beginning of October as Oct 1 is the celebration of 60 years of communist rule in China followed by a national holiday which last for at least a week (same after My1st which is Labor day).

Thank DonaldRob
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The clean, modern underground drops just outside at Tiannamen Sq.
Wide boulevards with hordes of pedestrians sauntering at half my pace. Inside is much quieter and more sedate. Beautiful gardens where many locals come for shade and rest but so big it seems desolate, especially the old quarters which have hardly any visitors apart from photographers and their clients. Great for pics. Souvenirs on offer and I got shanghaied into a student art exhibition, where I hopefully purchased a piece of Chinese art from the next Picasso or Roger Bacon!

Thank mcarchy
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Spent there more than 3 hours and didn't see a half))) Huge size, really not a palace but the city. Wonder how much does it cost to maintain such historical sight?

Thank Mila_K25
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