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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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there is so much to see and you really need a local guide. (not a government guide) to tell you the real history and how it effects today china. Not as well maintain by the government. A lot of security in the area that restricts...More
A crowded place with many tourists. Can see the great place where ancient Emperors stayed and a place where they run their government or parliament. Big venue. Prepare to stay the whole afternoon to watch every single detailed rooms.
Very expansive facility and fairly well maintained.
Can get quite crowded.
Lots of walking. Palace of the last emperor and about 10,000 rooms.
Impressive stone work as well as wooden structures.
Definitely a must see.
Quite a cultural experience.
A must see, but best to be viewed with an expert guide who can tell you what the significance of the individual buildings was. Our Guide, Nick, was able to point out who lived where, what all the different doors meant, who was allowed to...More
To fully appreciate the palace you need a full days visit to explore beyond the main buildings. Having said that the usual 2 to 3 hours tour shows you the principal halls, the Emperors very modest living quarters and his private gardens. If possible climb...More
Impressive and a tour guide needed, there are English audios to help and signs in English too. If I am critical it is the amount of other visitors where you shuffle more than walk. Plan for a couple of hours and bring your passport.
Huge throngs of tourists tend to crush up in waves (as their tour guides address their groups en masse, detail the next site to be seen, and folks quickly scurry) to peer from the cordoned windows and doorways into the various Imperial chambers, banquet halls,...More
It does take a few hours to see the whole place. I was there for about 4 hours but if you whip round and just see the main palaces it might take you an hour or 2. Depends how keen you are as after a while, they all seem to... More
It does take a few hours to see the whole place. I was there for about 4 hours but if you whip round and just see the main palaces it might take you an hour or 2. Depends how keen you are as after a while, they all seem to blend into one. The guides are a very good though and help fill out the time with really interesting info.