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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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A look into the past.

Our guide Lotus really helped with this tour explaining the various stages of the Palace. Without meaning to be disrespectful, I am glad I have done it but it was not a pleasant... read more

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Durban
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our guide Lotus really helped with this tour explaining the various stages of the Palace. Without meaning to be disrespectful, I am glad I have done it but it was not a pleasant experience. There are just too many people and when you need to view an item or room it creates a bottleneck of people and it can get... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'll admit that the gardens at the very back were beautiful to see but the walk to them is very confusing and way too overcrowded as is the rest of the city in my opinion. Glad to say I saw it but wouldn't be going back

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace around five centuries. They started the construction under the Ming dynasty in the early 1400. The last emperor who lived in the palace was Puyi (he became emperor when he was two years), from 1908 until his abdication in 1912. You need to spend time to visit this complex, it's enormous. The... More 

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It's like one big courtyard but multiplied. A lot uf space where, apart from buildings, you can see simply nothing. Well, maybe like 10 the same golden thrones... And, for Chinese standards, it's expensive. And price doesn't meet the quality. If you have better things to do, chose them over the forbidden city.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The forbidden city use to be where only the emperor lived and all the servants that attended to his wishes , once the communist party came to power they closed the place but now day it is permitted for tourists to visit

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very impressive, it is a large place with a lot of temples and places to wander around. Avoid the main stream of tourists by going left or right.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went with a small group tour to the Forbidden City. I don't usually like guided tours but it seemed the easiest way to visit. There are long lines for tickets but the guide had been able to pre book. It's an interesting place and the painting and detail around the eaves of the buildings is remarkable. Lots of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A little disappointing and extremely crowded, even outside peak tourist travel times. The history is fascinating but the hoards of mainly Chinese tourists and lack of english speaking personnel made the buying of tickets pretty frustrating. Very difficult to see the various buildings due to crowds.

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Dundalk, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently visited the Forbidden City twice while on holiday in Beijing. This is an amazing place to visit, one I've wanted to see since childhood. So for me it was a dream come true. Our 1st visit was part of a tour, we went early in the morning and the crowds were unbelievable with a lot of pushing and shoving... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressive Palace. Can't remember how much it was to get in but I'm sure it was fairly cheap. You can take as long as you like to walk around & see as much or as little as you like. You must enter through a security check at any side (can go through Tiananmen Square). Enter under the painting of... More 

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