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Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
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+86 10 8500 7422
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08:30 - 15:30
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Tue - Sun 08:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge...

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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Absolutely stunning place to visit. A fantastic taste of old China. We found this an amazing half day trip.

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Dorset
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely stunning place to visit. A fantastic taste of old China. We found this an amazing half day trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Know that when you start this tour it is a long and grueling walk. The architecture is beautiful and amazing. The history behind the emperors and their lives is just really interesting. After a while it just all kind of looks the same. It is a must see but wear comfy shoes and drink plenty of water! Amazing Chinese history!

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Ancient location of Emperor. Beautiful architecture. Big space, souvenir shops. Very near Tiananmen Square.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed visiting with our guide and groupe to hear all the stories behind this palace. Very busy but not unusual being in China. Lots of nooks and crannies to visit in get lost in!

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Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited the Forbidden City with my friend and we found it very enjoyable. Here you can see the huge site is full of beautiful old architecture. Definitely visit the gardens before you leave. come in the afternoon with less tourist.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's a huge place so make sure you have plenty of time to walk around. Not much directions inside the palace, a lot of the exhibitions and rooms were closed, so we ended up missing a lot of them. Also, BRING YOUR PASSPORT/ID when you buy the tickets.

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Very disappointing, you have to walk a lot, you can't go inside any palace, everything is closed to the tourists, you can only have a very quick glance at the thrones through some bars sealed to the windows and doors. The gardens are OK though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must see. I suggest having the services of a guide. Mao's tomb and the National Museum are nearby.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

In terms of understanding China's history, this is a must see location. However, the Chinese government could dedicate more resources to preserving the buildings. It's a shame to see some of these buildings in disrepair.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spend as much time as you can!! It goes on and on and on. I cannot describe the beauty of the place. When we were there there was Caligraphy show just to the right of the main entrance. We went through the Calligraphy show and it led to a side entrance with no crowds.

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