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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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4,291 - 4,300 of 5,914 reviews

Reviewed 23 January 2013

We vistied in winter and appreciated the small crowd. In Winter you should be dressed well: only souvevnier shops are (somewhat) heated.

Thank MFKetterer
Reviewed 21 January 2013

This place is so big, and quite amazing to see. It makes Buckingham Palace look like a shack! The advantage of being here in January is that there are very few people.

Thank KathCA
Reviewed 20 January 2013

Fascinating history and beautiful buildings. Tip - visit China in the winter, when there are fewer tourists and visits to sites like the Forbidden City can be relaxing as well as enjoyable.

1  Thank kgt11
Reviewed 20 January 2013

The Forbidden City is of course a "must see" for any first-time visitor to Beijing. The architecture is very interesting and the gigantic size of the palace and grounds is mind-boggling. Unfortunately it is probably always fairly crowded, but likely to be more so over...More

1  Thank WorldwideAtraveller
Reviewed 20 January 2013

Beijing has been the capital of China for the past ~800 years. The forbidden palace is one of the top tourist sites. The scale is massive and you need to prepare to walk a lot. Mostly buildings there and exhibits are few as they are...More

1  Thank FL360
Reviewed 19 January 2013

I loved this place and could have spent days here I think. I found it so interesting and all the work and history that this place has is amazing. I was sorry that I didn't go to the Hutong's though as they are now becoming...More

Thank JDE0911
Reviewed 19 January 2013

Didn't realize that the Forbidden City was such a large place! It took a long time to walk through it and I was glad that we went through with a guide. Most of the place was refurbished for the Olympics but even the parts that...More

Thank COzols
Reviewed 19 January 2013

Beijing is a great city for setting out on your own in that the streets all run east west and north south laid out like every city should be. So it wasn't difficult getting from the Dong Fang Hotel to the main entrance of the...More

Thank JamesGinn
Reviewed 19 January 2013

In you go during wintertime please be very very careful with your layers. It gets really cold and you have to walk a lot so get good boots and cover up.

Thank Jay D
Reviewed 19 January 2013

soo crowded, hot in summer, very huge palace, you cannot imagine the scale of this place before you see it.. ok but not fabulous place..

Thank DewiAyie
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How much is the admission charge if you go on your own?
9 May 2017|
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Response from LilyChenTeli | Reviewed this property |
generally it is 50cny /person, ticketing desks are in front of the entrance. Sometimes, there are different exhibitions held, ticket prices can vary.
Marcela Z
How much does it cost?
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
Matthew F
Hey! read your review! it was great. My wife & I are heading over to Beijing next week and I have a few questions! 1. What time did you guys arrive at the Forbidden City? (we want to avoid the mass crowds and lines) 2. Are you able to do your own thing once inside? Or do you have to follow a tour guide? 3. Why not take the taxi's outside the city? is there a reason? Anything else you could recommend, and perhaps other attractions too! thanks, Matt
4 March 2017|
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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.