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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
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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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What an amazing place, such history is being kept alive... Well worth a visit... Wear comfortable shoes, you could be walking around all day... So much to see...

Reviewed 23 October 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2012

What an amazing place, such history is being kept alive... Well worth a visit... Wear comfortable shoes, you could be walking around all day... So much to see...

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Kuching, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2012

Walking through the tall, gigantic red doors at its entrance, with 9 golden knobs spaced-out across and down the surface of the doors was an awesome feeling. All the colour of the buildings and walls was red, adding to the splendour of this ancient palace. What's most amazing was the 16.75 metres' long stone carving (after exiting the 5 palatial... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2012

We visited on October 2nd ie on the second day of the week-long national holidays. We were prepared for the crowds on the entry. We wanted to experience the crowds and we made it. the place was abuzz but not to the extent that we were unable to appreciate the sights of Ancient China. Our excellent guide, Catherine Lu pointed... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2012

My taxi unfortunately dropped me off at the North Entrance -- you cannot enter here anymore. It was VERY hard to find anyone that spoke English. I walked for close to 40 minutes... I almost left. I then walked (and walked...) to the SOUTH GATE to enter. I ran into a guide on the trolley -- and was glad I... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2012

Better hire a guide. You can learn about these people's mentality and views. It's a vast area and need to put the time for visiting it. There is a nice garden, too.

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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2012

All the old Chinese arcitecture,colours and statues, our quide who told us so much about the dynasties and history that has made me want to read so much more now i am home. there is so miuch to see and when on a tour you havent the time to take it all in

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

We went to forbidden city expecting to experience and see how they went about their daily lives n the palace. But all we experienced was a huge open area, over crowding of people and disgusting dirty public toilets. If you see one building then you have seen them all so there is really no need to walk for over 1... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2012

Don't travel here during Chinese holiday season. Try going either really early in the morning or in the evening just before it closes to avoid the crowds.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2012

Wonderful. End the visit by Jingshan park (if you still have the energy!) and climb the stairs to get a view from the top. You can really appreciate the size of the Forbidden city from there.

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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2012

600 years of history and atmosphere. Beautiful colours and architecture, and a great place to people-watch as well, as you see the amazement on other people's faces.

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