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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 10 8500 7422
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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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No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Reviewed yesterday

Nothing can prepare you for how overwhelming this experience is. The beauty of the seemingly never ending City has to be seen

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Reviewed yesterday

Not as stunning as I expected and walking distances and steps make this a tiring visit. Glad have been but would not re-visit

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Reviewed 2 days ago

i think it was too hyped up for what it really is. the summer palace is thousand times better. but nevertheless if its your visit to Beijing you should at least see it once.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The home of the emperor, another site most of us would never have been allowed to enter in ancient times. Speaks to the opulence of the emperors. So many courtyards and a garden to explore. Can really take your time to absorb it all.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The forbidden city it might be very busy and full of people but its worth the try! A beautiful construction in the heart of the city. Take the time to enjoy all the little details that you see around.. A guided tour is a must...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Be prepared to be amazed by the amount of work that went into making such a place. Over a million workers and hundreds of thousands of artisans made this palace what it is. Paranoid emperors made sure that watch tours were built on the walls...More

Thank Cubbies99
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went through at 10am, the crowds were mammoth and we had to be aggressive to see the attractions up close however it was worth it. The history here is amazing and despite the restorations, visiting here is a must for any trip to China.

Thank Michael E
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The queue to go through the security check was long. After visited the forbidden city, we cross over to the Jingshan Park. Take a short climb up to the hill for the overall view of the forbidden city.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I didn't really appreciate my visit at the Forbidden City. I had no idea what anything was, but I probably should have gotten a tour or an audio guide. The garden part at the end was the better part of it all. I liked that...More

Thank Lindsay L
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The two, my fault. An amazing, large site. Only spent two hours, probably my first mistake. I was happy with our guide. Quite informative. But lots of people. A huge site. Difficult to approach room open to viewing due to crowds. I missed any museums...More

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AlyG1954
23 April 2018|
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Response from Sunshine88City | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just saw your message. Hope you found the Forbidden City a worthwhile visit. The private guide can be booked right next to the audio guide as you probably saw. Enjoy the rest of your trip.
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christine606rennie
23 March 2018|
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Response from CherryBliss | Reviewed this property |
From September to June it is closed on Mondays, during summer vacations is open (July to August) and on national holidays that falls on Monday is open as well.
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Anna I
19 February 2018|
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Response from Andrew H | Reviewed this property |
If you don't go inside you will be able to see Tiananmen Square, the Gate of Heavenly Peace, but only the outside of the wall surrounding the Forbidden City. If you go to the top the hill in Jingshan Park to the north of the... More
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