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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

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Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
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Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
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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
+86 10 8500 7422
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Reviewed yesterday

A must see. Right by Tiananmen Square. It was cool to be walk around in the palace that was forbidden to regular people.

Thank 543seanm
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visiting in winter is cold so take plenty warm clothes and hot drinks. There are a few shops near entrances and exits for drinks & snacks however. The 'restaurant' just inside the tourist entrance (Tian Men) is actually a small fast food cafe, not very...More

Thank juliebZ3200FY
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A top must see if un Beijing. The stories behind the city, the architecture the magnificence of the space where a whole city of 6000 people during centuries had their lives sown together. You get to walk the central corridor but the place is so...More

Thank alandB1783VA
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are really into Chinese history, you will probably love this location. I got bored after awhile.

Thank kimmykool86
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful chinese emperor palace that still preserved in good condition. Beautiful and grand architecture shows a reflection of how wealthy during the the the chinese dynasty of Ming and Qing where the emperors has stayed inside this beautiful palace. A huge square and can contains...More

Thank taishengg
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Packed with tourists mostly in groups. After a while, all buildings look more or less the same. Be prepare to walk a distance to the entrance.

Thank 2000DK
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would say you shouldn’t miss this place it so majestic and beautiful I really loved this from the entrance those big red doors I just remembered Karate kid where Jaden Smith touched each every ball which was on the door for good fortune. Would...More

Thank 643amruthr
Reviewed 4 days ago

Although it was a pleasant trip we got to see lot of wonderful things Beijing had to offer, but we were extremely disappointed by the unfriendly attitude of the cab drivers and even the folks on the road would stop their car and would offer...More

Thank Tarlok M
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Forbidden City is famous in Beijing and recognized around the world. We did not partake in the tour but we did visit all the public areas that are free, just like the rest of the people but skipped anything requiring entrance fees. This area...More

Thank welldunn662016
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit... majestic, very impressed by it’s dimension. A place full of history that should be visited, mandatory!!!

Thank jerico_22
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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
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
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.