The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum, Beijing

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Located at the Imperial City's northernmost point, The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum was constructed for emperors and their wives to take leisurely strolls through the greenery, to keep fit, read, and relax. Originally built in the 18th century, the garden stretches 140 m (495 ft) from east to west and 80 m (262 ft) from north to south, and it contains the Hall of Imperial Peace made of white marble at its center. Examine the ancient cypress and Chinese wisteria trees as you roam. Observe more than 900 patterns of colorful stone pathways, each depicting a particular figure, scenery, plant, or story. You will need to purchase a ticket to enter the imperial garden. Put The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Beijing vacation trip planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    This was a lovely place to go through, get the history and always better with tour guide to give info.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    If you wanted a quiet sit down here think again. It's extremely busy as you'd expect. Located at the rear of the forbidden city. It leads to an exit. Very well maintained with variety of pagodas and t...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Such a lovely garden and so beautifully designed ...... note the rocks and the unusual trees, with gnarled barks! One can imagine legends being created around these... Do not forget to look down at th...  more »
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  • July 15, 2017
    A MUST if you're in Beijing! The whole place is steeped with China's history and it's simply breathtaking! Makes me proud to have heritage here. Spent the whole day exploring. Restaurant in here was decent. If you're looking for a souvenir, in the one of the courtyards there's man who paints miniature pieces INSIDE tiny glass beads. Bought a lanyard necklace from him. Fascinating to watch him work.
  • June 18, 2017
    Take your time here! You will need at least 4 hours to explore properly. There are a few buildings you can enter, but most of them are open and blocked off (for obvious reasons). Really cool place, especially if you are a history buff ( like me :) ) The emperors garden was one of my favorites! They have done some new archaeological digs and found some stones from the Ming dynasty in the queens garden. How cool is that? Pick up some souvenirs at the many shops here. There are snacks for purchase throughout the grounds, but make sure to get Beijing duck right outside the Palace. It is delicious, and quite an experience!
  • June 19, 2017
    This place is incredible. Cannot believe this was built to accommodate for one person hundreds of years ago! A lot of history within the walls and can explore a lot even though only 10% is open to the public. One of the most impressive feats around. The only downside was I went in the heat of summer so it was ridiculously hot. Still a lot of people running around and always in the way of trying to take a photo. Nevertheless - still a place you MUST visit!
  • June 2, 2017
    I visited here 2 times. This time I visited there in end may. Very hot and sunny day. Last time was about 12 years ago. Palace can be divided into three parts. The east and west side ( rooms of the queen mother Cixi and other royal highness) . The central parts was the room of the king and queen, the working area of the king, the place where the king met the officials. Behind the working area, there is a garden. Bring a hat or fan with u in the summer time. Nowhere to hide behind the sun on sunny days. Audio guide sometimes not function. I suggest for foreigners Better hire a guide with u. They can tell u more interesting stories. Worth to go and also the summer palace.
  • July 12, 2017
    This is the most important attraction in Beijing and a must-see. Beautiful old palace that was the seat of power in imperial China since the Ming dynasty. The entire palace will take days to cover in detail, so be sure to budget your time carefully beforehand.

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