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“A definite must-see in Beijing!”

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Ranked #5 of 1,625 things to do in Beijing
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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 April 29, 2013

Fairly easy to get to this location after coming from Tiantan Park by subway. Understandably crowded. Could see people congregating across the street at the nearby Tiananmen Square. Lots of police visibility and they were randomly stopping single males walking by, asking for IDs.

We didn't have time to get inside the actual palace so we just took a lot of photos in front outside by the photo of Chairman Mao.

Thank psa_jl
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Local scam artists working with backstreet tea houses are scamming foreign Solo travelers. They meet up coming out of the Subway in front of the park entrance next to the forbidden city entrance. They state they are on holiday, and you are from USA, Canada, Russia etc. they ask to join you so as to practice their english, or whatever. They say go in park entrance main entrance way to packed. You go thru park in about 30 minutes, then they say lets get tea. They order green tea, flower tea, some snacks, then later, some local red wine(That ends up being 1000yuan or about $150 usd. Then they say you pay, usually $1800~2000 yuan for 4. I confirmed with a few local regulars, and said this is becoming a common practice. I stated, When we have Factory dinners at nice restaurants, with mgt, engineering, sales, and guests 8~10 people with drinks it is that much. They state, well this is bar, it is more expensive.
Beware!!
Also, in train station, a baggage handler, wil charge you 100Yuan to roll your luggage 200mtrs to subway, but not tell you upfront. Just dont let them grab you bags.

Thank usohjack
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Amazing place to spend lots of time. It took us over 4 hours to travel through this wonderful attraction.Our tour guide was very informative and spent time to explaining the meanings and ancient traditions that had taken place over the Ming and Qing dynasties.The art work and structure's are a sight to be seen.

Thank billyboy9501
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We visited the Forbidden City on a Saturday so there were many tour groups but once you are the past the ticket lines and the first few buildings, the grounds are so large that you don't notice the crowds.

Be prepared to walk: we spent 3 hours at the Forbidden City and were only able to see a little more than half the grounds.

We didn't use the audio guide but purchased a map from a vendor for about 6RMB- it was worth the minimal expense.

If you really want more information and want a more indepth history of the buildings, then you may want to hire a guide or use the audio tour.

Thank robandrea
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

crowded so be prepared for lines. some areas not open. did i mention very crowded. bring your own food and snacks. spend the day. all is good. extra money for some exhibits.

Thank foodwriter007
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