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Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China (Formerly Forbidden City (Imperial Palace))
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+86 10 8500 7422
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08:30 - 15:30
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Tue - Sun 08:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge...

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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The forbidden city looks average on a map but is massive in real life and takes a couple of hours to walk from one end to the other. Less gardens than we thought and lots of stone... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 July 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

The forbidden city looks average on a map but is massive in real life and takes a couple of hours to walk from one end to the other. Less gardens than we thought and lots of stone and buildings but overall quiet amazing

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

It really is an amazing structure. So much history associated with it. They maintain the area very well, and we took an electric bike to ride all the way into the center hall. I would definitely recommend checking it out on an electric bike as you can ride along the moat and the 10m high walls that used to protect... More 

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

A great experience but beware all the guides wanting to show you around. Trust no one not even the police. Make sure that you only use guides pre-booked before you leave home. Do not visit tea houses. Beware people saying they are art students and do not go into back streets on your own.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

There are three museums you can enter inside the Forbidden City. Don't forget, it's only open during specific times of the year so don't miss out! Don't forget to rub one of the gold balls on the door entrances for good luck!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

The Forbidden City is the ideal place to begin your exploration of Beijing. With more than 9,000 rooms and over 250 acres, this huge palace building was built between 1406-1420. It bummed down and was rebuilt, sacked and renovated for times. You must have a guide to visit this palace and it is quite helpful to tell stories behind this... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

The place is impressive. I would like to have seen more renovation. The builidings are basically empty. All of the furnishings are in Taipei. The few areas restored to original condition are outstanding. It is a must see but would like to see more restoration to give a better feel of the conditions when the Emperor lived there.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2012

Not to be missed. A wonderful example of the riches and privileges bestowed upon the Emperor and his family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012 via mobile

The history of the complex is remarkable, but very crowded and not much policing of the people visiting. Many walking on roped off stone friezes etc which was a shame. Very crowded, be prepared to jostle for viewing interiors.

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Gympie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

This is one tour that every visitor should do when visiting Beijing. Steeped in history - just make sure you hire a great guide so you don't miss out - there is so much to see and learn.

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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2012

This was our first stop on our China trip. It was so much better in person than I had imagined. We took our tour guide with us and she was able to explain much more to us than we had read. It was a great place to learn history while seeing the architecture of China.

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