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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Ranked #5 of 1,567 things to do in Beijing
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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 1 week ago

Visited here in early October as part of a group of 14 starting in Tiananmen Square from where you enter the city. To say it is huge is an understatement. The buildings are impressive but unfortunately inside access is not allowed so you really see a large number of similar buildings over a huge area. It would be a good idea to read about the city prior to visiting as our local guide rushed through explanations in broken English and no handouts were given. I found the sheer size of it overwhelming along with the 1000’s of other Chinese tourists also visiting and scuttling/pushing everywhere. The best was the gardens at the back but we had little to no time to appreciate them as after our allotted time we were ushered to get back to the bus. Very little seating is available if you wish to have a rest.

Thank sterwuv
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Building in Forbidden City are beautiful. That is mostly what you see are the structures. The most popular place in Beijing for tourists. Be prepared for long lines and masses of people.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived and bought tickets at the door. You have to look for the ticket window off to the right side when you enter the main gate. They also have audio guides you can rent for 20 RMB. In retrospect I would have preferred a guide as the audio guide is quite brief and sometimes difficult to manage. However, the place is amazing and so much more vast than I would have imagined. I wish we could have seen more rooms as you only get to see a few interiors. I would recommend bringing food as the options are limited and usually quite busy. Also if it's chilly or sunny dress appropriately. It can get quite chilly and windy inside and I'm sure hot in the summer. A must see in Beijing!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The forbidden palace is huge and there is a crush of people. It is amazing that furniture and other objects have endured intact. It provides a glimpse of imperial life centuries ago.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hired a guide at the entrance which is a must. Tina had a good grasp of English and was great sharing the history and awesome features of this ancient site. A must visit when in Beijing.

Thank 23LindaandJames
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