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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
+86 10 8500 7422
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Reviewed yesterday

Be at the Meridian gate before opening time with your passport - you’ll need it to purchase tickets, which we did at windows on the right just outside the gate. Only ticket window #4 accepted credit cards. On the advice of a travel guidebook, we...More

Thank Jeff J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After the greatchinese wall the forbidden city is the second most imoirtant attraction to visit atouns Beijing.

Thank auggilles
Reviewed 2 days ago

Amazingly beautiful. Long walks on flat surfaces to view similar artifacts and buildings. Rich in a culture dedicated to an emperor and his court.

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I never dreamt that it would be so HUGE! Walking through the series of interconnecting squares you could not fail to feel the history beneath your feet. Such an impressive place to visit.....the sheer scale of the squares and beauty of the buildings will remain...More

Thank Maureen W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Interesting historical place but the density of people on square meter is overwhelming (at least in summer). Entrance ticket is cheap, recommended to see in Beijing.

Thank Krzysztof K
Reviewed 3 days ago

Another Beijing must see. Make sure to take your passport and access the ticket box to the right of the main gate. Audio guides are available for 40 cny and are useful for the GPS map of the site. Obviously lots of impressive history but...More

Thank Catherine J A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As my title reads it's boring. You'd think there'd be an attraction or role plays, but nothing. Once you've been in for ten mins you have to come out. Given that this was where emporers lived there's nothing to impress

Thank Natalie M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very impressed place to visit. It is always busy but once inside the sheer size of the place lets you get around to see most of the places of interest without too much problem. You will need ID to buy your tickets (foreigners take a...More

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 5 days ago

The palace is really big and spacious. You need a lot of walking and you will easily get lost. Too crowded with tourist. You need to spend almost an hour and half.

1  Thank jenniferdeann
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Forbidden City was so much larger than I expected, and truly lives up to its name. The buildings are all very beautiful, and the carvings and paintings intricate.

Thank RozaLui
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7 January 2018|
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Response from Larry A | Reviewed this property |
For sure. Long lines at most attractions. Using tour guide normally includes entrance fee and front of line . The WALL I suggest buying the lift with young children instead of long uphill walk. The lift is more money but... More
7 January 2018|
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Response from Karen W | Reviewed this property |
If possible get organised on a guided tour and they will take care of all your admissions etc (and certainly assist in the language barrier !). Make sure your young children have good footwear as this can be a lot of... More
Lena L
20 December 2017|
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Response from Eddie B | Reviewed this property |
My transportation and tours were pre arranged. I am sorry to say that I can not honestly help you. I stayed in the same area as the Forbidden City and had airport transportation the night before when traffic was very light.