I went to visit the Forbidden City with my family in July. It's absolutely amazing. We stayed in Sanyuanqiao, so we took the subway Line 10, transferred to Line 1 and got off at Tian' anmen East.
It's really crowded there, so beware of pickpockets. Also, don't listen to the people near the ticket booth. They'll probably tell you that they sell tickets as well so you don't have to wait in line, but some of them are fake ones. So if you want to take that risk... It's better to just buy it at the ticket booth. I tried to get a student discount, but the lady told me it was only for Chinese students, NOT for foreign students. Which I think is kinda crazy.
Aren't they supposed to promote this to foreigners? Anyways
It's really big inside, so please ladies. Leave your high heels at home and just wear comfortable shoes. We walked right in a straight line across the Imperial palace, which took us hours to do so anyways. It really is impressive. Some parts are really pretty, cause the government took the effort in restoring certain parts in its original glory, but some are still damaged throughout the course of time.
I tried to take pictures of the several thrones in each Hall, but got overwhelmed literally. People are shoving each other in the ribs all the time. I'd say, if you really want to take a picture... Choose one, battle it out with the crowd and skip the next one, cause they all look alike anyway. It's not worth the aggravation. I took a picture of every throne in the hope that it would be different each time. Oooh well..
This is definitely a must see if you're in Beijing!
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