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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Ranked #5 of 1,567 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 July 8, 2017 via mobile

A huge complex of 999 rooms. Be prepared for a long walk as it is South Gate to North Gate. Lovely gardens and the scale is just humongous. It is beautifully kept and a must see!

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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Obviously a must do in Beijing. It does live up to the hype. It can be a very long visit so I suggest you concentrate on areas that are interesting to you. We had a guide and I do think it makes a great deal of difference having that guide. The knowledge makes it much more interesting. Lots of walking. Hot in summer. Very crowded. But there are few places in the world that equals the hype. This place does. We watched "The Last Emperor" before our trip and though the movie was a little tedious, and 30 years old, it gave us heaps of context. It is stunning and our 4 teenagers did enjoy it, though it was a long day.

Thank L2467TBmikek
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

So the Forbidden City is a huge complex, and is near Tiananmen Square. You will need to get your walking shoes ready, as there will be a lot of walking. There are many parts of this complex, so I tried to take it all in by reading all the posted signs; related to what type of Emperor activities went on in the post 1400's when this was all built. You will go back in time, and learn the significance of numbers, seasons, animals, and the like had on everyday living; for both royalty and commoners.

It is amazing that any of this is still standing (As fire and war impacted the structures), but I will also tell you that there will be many people at all of these sites. I was here in July 2017, and I am told that 80,000 people per day visit! If you don't get a ticket in advance, you will have to get in a long line to enter. The lines are LONG. Try to plan ahead, and I think that will help you out immensely. I did book this tour through Viator, and that made it easy.

Thank PayneReviewsAll
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

The forbidden city is huge and a visit involves lots of walking. If you have a real interest in the history then it's fantastic. if not then you will tire easily. We had a guide who made it more interesting and adapted the visit to suit the children i.e. we went through it as quickly as possible without getting into the detail or seeing every area. Even though the area is massive, it can still get very crowded. Some great photos - especially of the roofs at different levels ....

Thank SMOOZA
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

After making your way through the somewhat chaotic entrance from Tianenmen Square, just keep to the right-hands side and take things slowly and you will find some quiet corners and great opportunities for good photos.

Don't worry about trying to cross the centre bridges and take things at your own pace.

Thank PETRA001
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