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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 yesterday via mobile

Via Tiananmen East you walk on the pavement on the right and will be screened by security. Towards Tiananmen square crowds of visitors were streaming in the summer heat of 37degrees with umbrellas, hats and battery operated/charger fans with mists which can be purchased at...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is always a must visit be be prepared to queue. Taxis are cheap and plentiful and this is quite central to the city. (Taxis only take cash) insist on using the meter some will try and set a fixed fee but it's always cheaper...More

Thank Patrick W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you visit Beijing you should visit the forbidden city it is an amazing place to visit and discover the empire palace of the china it is a historical place I recommend every one to visit it

Thank lawk a
Reviewed 2 days ago

What struck me most was the size of the place. One went from one palace to the next crossing vast open squares with little bridges. There are several places of interest off the main palaces including the gardens. We went on an extremely hot day...More

Thank Denise P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Like so many things in China its hard to fathom the scale until you actually see it in real life. This is a great example of this. Spent 3-4 hours going through as much as possible. It seems to go on forever. The level of...More

Thank GrousMan
Reviewed 3 days ago

As the name implies this huge series of palaces within a vast enclosed area well protected was indeed forbidden for men to enter. The security around the place was high. Tourists can enter now and walk around the estate. There are several identical palaces with...More

Thank sridharan2013
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The place very well organized a lot of ppl said that you could go early because of the tickets are always very busy well it's not that bad you can go anytime you will not going to wait more then 20 minutes but the place...More

Thank 82mahmoud
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The size of the forbidden city is impressive. Very well organized. We bought online tickets and it was difficult to find the counter to exchange the verification code to the tickets as there was no clear signage. Suggest you just line up and buy the...More

Thank Brenner M
Reviewed 4 days ago

I first visited the Forbidden City in 2002 and was overawed by the scale and wonder of the place and have since been back several times. I seem to spend about a third of my life in Beijing so when my friends visit I tend...More

Thank CaptainofFun
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Recently I had a brief window of opportunity to visit the Forbidden City and a few other sites during a weekend in between my business trips. There are a few lessons learned that I wish to share based on my experience that I wish someone...More

Thank Agnessa V
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10 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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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.