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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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Watch out for guides who promise to give an exclusive guide through the imperial palace, in the end you´ll end up at a tea ceremony where they´ll try to sell off over-priced, bad tea!
When walking the Imperial Palace area I was approached by a...More
Great experience. Was approached before entering by someone offering to guide me through and translate the experience (for a small fee paid at the end). Really helped get a lay of the land and understand what I was seeing. After the "tour" I re-explored for...More
A must visit in Beijing! This is my 2nd visit and first for my kids - still as amazing as ever. The sheer size and architecture of the palace is just mind boggling with all the different levels of waiting rooms, chambers and courtyards. Leaves...More
No words to describe such a beauty.
It wasn't particularly crowded (it was Friday) so the visit was pleasant.
However, the place is not well curated, very few indications of what you are looking at. The audioguide does not provide enough details.
So, read about...More
It does take a few hours to see the whole place. I was there for about 4 hours but if you whip round and just see the main palaces it might take you an hour or 2. Depends how keen you are as after a while, they all seem to... More
It does take a few hours to see the whole place. I was there for about 4 hours but if you whip round and just see the main palaces it might take you an hour or 2. Depends how keen you are as after a while, they all seem to blend into one. The guides are a very good though and help fill out the time with really interesting info.