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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
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Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
Ranked #5 of 1,622 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 November 29, 2013

very crowded, you do not need a tour guide, there are self guides you can rent. nothing very exciting to see except the buildings for outside , which are all the same. it is about how the emperor used to live. should not take you more than 1 hour .

Thank Walid C
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Reviewed November 29, 2013

First of all I want to said that the Forbideen City is one of the most important historical sites in China. The architecture, the marble bridges and stairs, all the monuments , no way to described them!! I went in July that was very humid and sticky, the crowds don't bother me , because every site in mainland China will be the same way, specially that it was hollidays for most local chinese from all over China, and that come to Beijing for the first time., and their dream is to see Beijing!! As they express to me.
Is my 3 visit to Beijing and I will not missed it, just to know that this historical palace it was forbidden for common people before the chinese revolution, and know is open for everybody to VISIT!! is just an amazing feeling to see all the families with their kids enjoying this complex of Palaces that is the biggest in the world. Perfectly well preserved and well maintain , clean , but most of the rooms are closed. , you can see some of them thru the glass with the old furniture inside and some museums, they have many shops around to buy books , and also they do aDVD of you flying over different places of Beijing, but that is a scam, 60RMB , I ask how long is DVD and they said 6 minutes so I decided to do it, but is only 2 and a half I just found out when I saw it at home. The audio guide is ok. The price for the palace is 60RMB or $10usd summer or winter. One good thing is that the chinese goverment don't exploit the tourists overcharging another price., like they do in Cambodia or Peru. Tourists paid the same price as local people in all the scenic spots. Tip , bring confortable shoes and water.

Thank Lourdes M
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

The first day we tried to go to the forbidden city we ended up turning around and going back. It was an ridiculously crowded, like queuing for a rock concert. That plus the awful humidity got the better of us. The next time we went it was raining so it was a bit less crowded but there were still hoards of people everywhere. That's China I suppose!
The Forbidden City itself is impressive but all starts to look the same after the first few courtyards.

Thank milkjunkie90
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

- Unique architecture, history, culture, and displays. Great photo-op (if you can find a gap between all the visitors).

- For the wealthy: they have special private sections (behind unmarked doors) open only to VIPs with very expensive collector's items. Though most are genuine, do be aware of scams.

- There will be plenty of private tour guides and ticket sellers trying to get your business. Beware: if it is too good to be true, it often is, companies often subsidize the cost by bringing tourists to shops/stores where they make commission. Personally, I would rather spend more time seeing more of the city than spending it in these stores.

Thank CalvinCyanghen
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I will skip the wonderful review on how great this place is as there are already really good reviews out there. I will focus on the practical bit.

location: its in between the 2 subway stations (both tian'anmen), either one is good.

fee: I paid RMB60 (winter price). There is a famous wall (9 dragon) which require additional RMB10 when you reach there (on the eastern side)

food: strongly suggest go with a full stomach (I grabbed a Big Mac @ WangFuJing for early lunch) and bring some drinks. There are a few lousy stalls selling overpriced lousy food and drinks.

time: I took 3 hours, and I think it was too rushed. A 4.5 hours walk will be just nice ... I downloaded an iphone App (free) and selected the 4hour tour. The app is great. Not exactly a great place to go with kids. To rush through in 2 hours will do this piece of great history injustice.

bathrooms: lots of it along the way.

Exit: You will exit at the other side of the city and it will be quite a walk back to the subway. The wind can be chilly.


Thank milokitts
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