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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The architecture and the finesse with which the palaces were built was phenomenal. For US tourists - bring your own TP as the bathrooms are somewhat rustic.

Thank Prerna R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Really incredible place. I had just a whistle stop visit while in Beijing on business but it was worth the effort. Really needs a full day to do it justice or even 2. It was far bigger than I realised.

Thank Andy M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Tremendous ancient palace. Don't go to Beijing and pass on the visit - no matter how long the lines "appear" - they move quickly!

Thank James A
Reviewed 3 days ago

I was really looking forward to visiting the Forbidden City. On our first attempt, we realised that you have to book online in advance. i had read a lot about it but had never seen anything telling you to book in advance. They only allow...More

Thank Sheila H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went into the Forbidden City after we had walked around Tiananmen Square, and it was an extreamly hot and humid, and there were thousands of people there. There are lots and lots of stairs, most without railings. It was very beautiful and is in...More

Thank MargnGrah
Reviewed 3 days ago

This "Forbidden City" is not really worth paying to go in. (and dont waste your money on a guide either.... You cannot really go into anything and you just wait in long lines to see the outside of buildings and big courtyards. It is the...More

Thank PrickelyPear
Reviewed 3 days ago

10,000 rooms! With 10,000 rooms you would think they would let you stick your head in at least one of them. Not!! The Forbidden City is a massive complex and it’s center piece is undoubtedly a grand palace. Unfortunately, you don’t get to see any...More

Thank blackfootcamp
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Please do get me wrong - the Forbidden City is indeed a magnificent piece of architecture But for someone with a passing interest in History and limited interest in viewing ancient artifacts this place can get pretty boring very fast. The complex is huge -...More

Thank Venkat G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It’s beautiful and grand and very very busy! I was a little disappointed that you don’t get to go into the buildings. When we went there was a visiting dignitary and a lot of the buildings were roped off so we couldn’t get to the...More

Thank Meagan S
Reviewed 4 days ago

A trip to Beijing would not be complete without seeing the Forbidden City. There are thousands of tourists and locals alike coming to see this amazing Palace. Couple this with a visit to Tiananmen Square, as they can both be done in a day. The...More

Thank Jayne J
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Mary M
August 24, 2018|
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Response from JPMJMM | Reviewed this property |
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
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John K
August 8, 2018|
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Response from ZakZapper | Reviewed this property |
We saw wheelchairs (and pushers) at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. These came at a cost, but they were available
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DadFamilyof4
July 24, 2018|
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Response from Stefan198605 | Reviewed this property |
The entrance is not at Tiananmen square. You have to go through Tiananmen gate (the red one with the Mao portrait) and walk straight on for several hundred meters to get to the entrance.
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