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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 today via mobile

It was raining for half of our tour but still easily navigated. What an amazing piece of history. This UNESCO heritage listed site is well worth seeing. We had a guide but honestly the Beijing metro is so easy to navigate just get the train...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It’s part of Chinese history (and see a movie or two about Chinese emperors beforehand- documentaries or fiction). It’s massive. There’s a ton of walking so just be ready. Facilities inside are nice. There are a few places to enjoy shade and sit. Restrooms are...More

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Reviewed yesterday

eye opening experience by looking at the architectures and well preserved ancient buildings within the compound. crowded with tourists all the time

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Such a beautiful palace, we spent 3 hours here but you could spend a whole day here. So much amazing history and incredible architecture. The gardens are also amazing. The only issue are the huge crowds which is expected and everyone pushing to get to...More

Thank Louis K
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Another tour on our Trip a Deal holiday, and was amazed by the Chinese history in the Forbidden City. Although it is hundreds of years old, it has been well preserved for the people to enjoy for ages to come.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see, the sheer size of the place and detail of the buildings is truly amazing. It is great experience to walk around and be told the history.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

You are just immersed in an ancient culture. I loved being in a place where so much has occurred. I went as part of an optional tour and I am so glad I did as I was considering going on my own. Just navigating the...More

Thank mary f
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wear your comfortable shoes because it is big and there is a lot of walking to do. Lots of wonderful ancient buildings to see. My favourite part was the garden with its sculptures.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After seeing the movie the last emperor which was filmed in the Forbidden City and to be and see for myself was a great expefience

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A Really cool place to visit as its a huge part of chinese culture and its history. Beautiful buildings. Can be crowded but its worth a look and you can get some great photos..

Thank Alan F
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Hel B
20 June 2018|
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Response from douglas w | Reviewed this property |
Either reach out and find a reputable guide or reach over to your hotel and ask if they can purchase a ticket in advance
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Hel B
20 June 2018|
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Response from Arknwarrior | Reviewed this property |
Money well spent on a private tour. You will be picked up at your hotel and it’s at your own pace. Exactly what we did and didn’t have to fall in line for tickets. Go early to the wall, and do not go to Badaling, most... More
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Response from Myo M | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest to get in by 11 am "at the latest" because you'll need about 4 to 5 hours (and yes, you'll also want to do Jingshan Park on the other side after leaving). You can just buy the ticket when you get there, no... More
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