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Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
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+86 10 8500 7422
08:30 - 15:30
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Tue - Sun 08:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge...

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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Our guide was wonderful and very informative! Wonderful history and amazing to see. A must see when in Beijing!

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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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Our guide was wonderful and very informative! Wonderful history and amazing to see. A must see when in Beijing!

Thank KRCody
Grafton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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Wow...So much history, temples, garden, forecourts...Large crowds - easy to get lost in the push of the crowd. But still worth the walk. You need to have water and be willingly to walk for hours.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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The Forbidden Palace entrance is located across from Tiananmen Square and appears to be a complex of courtyards getting smaller and smaller as you wander from one to another and end up in the middle where the most important building is located. Various throne rooms and bed chambers abound. It is worth taking the audio tour as this connects automatically... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Bring your passport and be prepared to cattle-shoot your way to the entrance through security, but it is very worth the amazing experience of seeing this historic sight. Gorgeous gardens and lovely temples. People push and shove and it would seem there would be a more civilized way to see things yet this is the way, thankfully only at times.... More 

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Beijing, China
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

How lucky the Chinese people are that the military bravely defended the defining piece of Chinese culture during the revolution. Writing a review about this special place seems like it would not do it justice. You'll just have to visit for yourself and experience for yourself!

Thank BowToTheRobots
Boerne, Texas
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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We came here with our tour guide and I was just blown away at the size of it! Very impressed with the lovely flowers all around the square. A must see if you visit Beijing!

Thank MarkyMarkTX
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great experience to go back in history and see how the Emperors lived centuries ago, where the public was not even allowed to see the Forbidden City. Beautiful buildings spread out in a huge sprawling area with one courtyard after another. The concubine residence is extremely interesting. If you cannot visit this palace see the movie "the Last Emperor" which... More 

Thank Shahid K
Camberwell, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You really need a lot of time to visit this place it's a very large growed tourist place and fortunatly we had access to entery a lot easier than the locals. Over the hill opulance and grand to say the least. Well worht the effort

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Bengaluru, India
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well maintained, and neat. Guides are available or you can hire a audio guide which will narrate ( headphone). If you dont prefer a guide, you can just walk around and read the boards kept in front of the attractions. Please note the opening and closing timing before you plan the trip. Parking is a concern, but it is not... More 

Thank valisen
Tracy, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's not just one palace. It goes on and on. One built right behind the other. Hopefully you get a tour guide that speaks english well so you can understand all the great history and stories. We went first thing in the morning and it was crowded, but our guide said it was actually a "light" day. Go figure. Be... More 

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