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“An amazing place to visit.”

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Ranked #5 of 1,628 things to do in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
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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 3 weeks ago

The Forbidden City (The Palace Museum) is an amazing experience stepping back in time to the Ming Dynasty and the 24 Emperors that once lived their. This is not the original palace built between 1406 and 1420. It was burnt down, sacked and renovated countless times so the architecture seen today only dates back to the 1700's and onwards, however its still a very impressive place.
The sheer size of the palace is in its self spectacular a city behind the walls.
The many building and temples are too many to describe, the design and decor are very interesting and our guide was able to show and explain the buildings without the information overload.
As with ALL places you visit no matter where and what you are seeing even the Chinese people are not exempt cigarette lighters are a no go, not sure why but its throughout China.
Visiting the Forbidden city is a must see attraction when visiting Beijing.

Thank BendigoVic
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The palace is vast and sprawling and a very well preserved historic monument. You are free to wander through a series of courtyards but there is no internal access to the main display buildings which need to be viewed from barriers across the entrances. We found the place a little disappointing in that the courtyards are all pretty much the same and there is a sense of repetition in terms of both the architecture and context as you wander around. It costs 60 Yuan (about £7) to enter, which is pretty good for one of the world's primary historic sites and, notwithstanding the crowds of visitors, the queues for tickets were relatively light when we were there.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard to believe that such a spectacular place was built to house the emperor. No wonder visitors were over-awed when turning up here.

Thank John P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They say it's the largest palace complex in the world, you can find the perfect classic chines palaces there. Vast, colorful, historic and stylish buildings, all are in a perfect order. There are several museums that are worth the visit, but you can't avoid the crowd. If you have lighters, they will take them at the entry.

Thank shahrzadsedghi
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

OK, so the third adjective may not apply depending on what time of year you go, but it was a scorcher when we were there.

First of all, this is a must see for any first time visitor to Beijing. Think “Empire of the Sun“ or “Mulan”(but not animated), and you will start to get an idea of the size, magnificence, and grandeur of this city. And it is indeed a city, rather than just a palace, so expect to walk a lot.

But if you do go, and you haven’t read the guide the books telling you what to do and what not to do, here are a couple of helpful hints that we wish we would have known:

1. Make sure to take your passport. This goes for Tiananmen Square as well, as you cannot access any of these areas without your passport.

2. If you would like a guided tour, make sure you don’t get one from any of the people that approach you before you get to the ticket window. They will say that they are going to buy your tickets and give you the tour for a certain price, and that price is often double what you will pay if you just walk up to the window and pay for your tickets there. You can also pay for a walking tour (headphones) or get a guided tour directly from the window, and it will be much cheaper. you can also expect that they will try to take you to a Tea House or an expensive restaurant or anywhere else where they can get a cut of the profits when they are done. I don’t know whether the sanctioned tour guides will try this as well, but our unsanctioned tour guide definitely tried.

3. If you are planning to see Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City in the same trip, make sure you start with Tiananmen Square. The Forbidden City trip generally takes you through the city and you exit on the other side. So getting back to Tiananmen Square after you’ve been through the Forbidden City is a long and impractical trip.

But otherwise, this attraction should definitely be on your agenda for a Beijing trip.

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