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“What an experience!”

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
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5-Hour Small Group Walking Tour: Beijing Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
Ranked #7 of 1,608 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“What an experience!”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

huge , wonderful buildings, lots of people watching experiences,Better than the guide books states and much more,being in shape is very helpful.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

1) Historical aspects. Both the architecture and archaeological value.
2) An opportunity to understand the life style of the ancient Greats.
3) The artistic skill of the ancient Chinese.

1) The great disparity of the RICH and POOR.
2) Poor maintenance of some the architecture and art work.
3) Poor display of the art treasures (eg. lightings, compositions etc)
4) Poor control of the massive visitors.

Visited October 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The sheer size of this place is impressive but compared to other palaces in the Far East (e.g. Thailand, Vietnam) it is quite bland. It's also incredibly crowded with tourists (mostly Chinese) so it's very difficult to get a look at the exhibits. But it was very interesting to hear from our guide how it was used by the Emperors and their concubines.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Rebecca B
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“Just Okay”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

The best part about the Forbidden City is comprehending the size of it. Each of the gates seemed repetitive and perhaps I was just overwhelmed. The long stone is fascinating to see and some of the tile work on the gates and walls are beautiful. I was really disappointed in the palace garden which didn't have any flowers.

Visited May 2013
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“Lots of History”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Be sure and take your camera. Try to get a local guide to explain all the history associated with this site. Be prepared to walk without handrails

Visited May 2013
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