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Hidden temple

This temple is located at the east of Tiananmen Square and before the entrance to the Forbidden City. It was originally the Royal Ancestral Temple and was used by the royal family... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

This temple is located at the east of Tiananmen Square and before the entrance to the Forbidden City. It was originally the Royal Ancestral Temple and was used by the royal family members to make offerings to their ancestors. It is now a park and entrance is only RMB2. Visitors normally make a beeline to the Forbidden City without noticing... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,089 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is a lovely temple, located just next to the Forbidden city, but this is the reason nobody ever visits it, as it's so easily overlooked with all the hype of the Forbidden city. If you can find it, give it a couple of minutes of your time, as it features some lovely architecture elements.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

After buying the entry tickets, if you look towards the left, you will find this building. With the entire crowd making a beeline towards the Forbidden city, you almost wonder why there is no one here. We decided to take a peak. And trust me, what we saw really was impressive. Great example of traditional Chinese architecture. The simplicity and... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2013

Very majestic emperial architecture. In the middle line of Beijing city. The ticket price is so cheap. A must see in Beijing.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

As you stand outside the south entrance of the forbidden city, with Tian'anmen behind directly behind you, the entrance to this temple is on the right. Easily missed as there are no visible signs. However once you walk up to the entrance there is a small plaque advising you that you have arrived at the a Imperial Ancestral Temple. Considering... More 

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Daly City, California, United States
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

If you don't want to pay the 60 rmb to get in the Forbidden city and you want to avoid the crowds and just want to take a picture of the architecture I would advise you to come here. It cost only 2 rmb to come here. There are little to no people in this area. Many photographers select this... More 

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Reviewed 19 May 2013

I'd been to the Imperial Palace twice before, but was wandering around the Tiananmen area and noticed this park. It was quite peaceful and very well maintained (gorgeous peonies in early May). I chatted with one of the people maintaining the grounds, who had lots to say about the old trees, and there was an older gentlemen playing the Er-hu... More 

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