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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 10 8500 7422
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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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No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 10 8500 7422
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I went to Forbidden city while my short stopover stay in Beijing. You pass the main bridge and gate and get the ticket (please note that once you enter, you can only exit from the very end of it.) Nobody speaks English but signs are...More

Thank 117LauG
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The entry fee was high. The place is vast but almost empty. There is nothing much to see because everything was taken away when the rulers moved to Taiwan. It is very difficult to be guided as there are no sign boards. The staff members...More

Thank Ferheen A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

OK we saw the movie "The Last Emperor " and one always thinks 'Hollywood exaggerates ' but it's only when you see this place that you understand the lifestyle and power of the Emperors. The scale is massive and just when you think you've seen...More

Thank SueDen27
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is another must see site in Beijing. Get a guise and explore the outer court, inner court and palaces. Imagine yourself the emperor in the 15th Century. The buildings are stuffed with history but I enjoyed the Imperial Flower Garden, north of the inner...More

Thank james p
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is best explored with a guide or at least a guidebook. Without one or the other you will miss the significance of many of the buildings, their features and historical context. The density of the crowds will vary depending on the weather and...More

Thank BellsNZ
Reviewed 4 days ago

The palace is beautiful, but inside there were many areas sectioned off and not much to see, besides the exterior of the buildings.

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Forbidden City is a must-see in Beijing. The architecture is striking. It is a very large place and often crowded so be prepared to do lots of walking.

Thank Wanda R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Perhaps the most important piece of advice is this : bring your passport. You actually need it to buy entrance ticket. It's impossible to go be dropped by car/taxi anywhere near Tian An Men or Forbidden City's main entrance. So it's the same walking distance...More

Thank Alvin S
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a must see if you are in Beijing! The architechture alone is awesome! Add the relics, sculpture and gardens and it is spectacular! I used the gps English audio guide as I wandered through the grounds. It had the narration for the East...More

Thank btzlou
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place was very interesting where emperors and leaders of China used to live. You have to do a lot of walking, and they charge you for every little section to see. It was very hot that day so my opinion isn't as high as...More

Thank jama80
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9 May 2017|
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Response from DonnamjCan | Reviewed this property |
If you are able to join a tour it might be best as it is such a vast site that you literally could spend a couple of days there and not really know for sure if you've hit the highlights. Plus there are areas that only... More
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4 April 2017|
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Response from lance_humphreys | Reviewed this property |
April 1st - October 31st: 60 yuan November 1st - March 31st: 40 yuan
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Response from 2012Esa | Reviewed this property |
Go early in the morning and follow the guide. We were taken to the place in a bus.