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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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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 blend into one. The guides are a very good though and help fill out the time with really interesting info.