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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 yesterday

You walk through a gate and see an incredible, beautiful courtyard that could hold 10s of thousands of people. You are in awe. Then you walk through another gate and see it again. And another. And you think, this is it, I've made. But no,...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I went with a friend early/mid August. Very very hot, which I think spoiled the experience a little. Was given a headset first of all to explain the different sites. I'd say don't get this unless you're on your own and can commit to listening,...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The forbidden city is massive and definitely a historical landmark you should include on visit in Beijing. purchase your ticket ahead of time. Tickets were sold out the first day I had planned to go. Be sure to take your passport if you’re a foreigner....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Another must see area when in Beijing. The lines were long and slow moving on our July 20th visit. The buildings and grounds are just so amazing.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A very important part of the Chinese culture, rich traditions and meaning. Get ready to squeeze into a massive crowd and be prepared for long walks.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Though the grounds are huge, there are crowds EVERYWHERE and security has been beefed up lately. Not much English so I recommend getting a tour guide.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Worth the price of admission (free) to see it once. Bring your passport with you, you may be asked by security to show it to them at the entrance. Also, be prepared to have your bag x-rayed and you have to go through a metal...More

Thank dmlin
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is supposed to be a must-see place to visit when traveling to Beijing. It is a huge place (it's called Forbidden "City" after all) with very similar buildings that you cannot go inside. The visit has more historical value than an aesthetic one in...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

It was good to have learned a bit about the forbidden city before going. Many details The buildings are fascinating. The "concubine presence" is better understood if we get some information ahead. So, read a bit before going There is a Post Office in the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went to forbidden city or properly know as the palace museum I thoroughly enjoyed myself even though it was a bit crowded. Tour guide Linda from Lilly touring company gave great background and history lesson and pointed out many small details I would have missed....More

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John K
9 August 2018|
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Response from ZakZapper | Reviewed this property |
We saw wheelchairs (and pushers) at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. These came at a cost, but they were available
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DadFamilyof4
24 July 2018|
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Response from Stefan198605 | Reviewed this property |
The entrance is not at Tiananmen square. You have to go through Tiananmen gate (the red one with the Mao portrait) and walk straight on for several hundred meters to get to the entrance.
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DadFamilyof4
24 July 2018|
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Response from Luke W | Reviewed this property |
Yep. You go through all the security checks until you get to the turnstile entry gate. On the right of that is the international ticket sales. It's a fair way into the FC. There was no line there when we went even though it... More
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