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The Palace Museum, Beijing

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Located within Beijing's Forbidden City, The Palace Museum allows you to glimpse treasures from some of China's oldest dynasties. Home to over a million rare artifacts, the museum presents a selection of pieces, divided into galleries of each art form, including ceramics, paintings, bronze, and jade. Discover the museum's "Hall of Clocks," the world's largest collection of mechanical timepieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. Plan your The Palace Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Beijing using our Beijing holiday planner.
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  • Many treasures of the emperors were displayed in a row one after another. I admit that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had in other Chinese museums.  more »
  • Absolutely stunning display of the treasure the emperors had. Craftsmanship to the extreme of human ability. Pay the entrance fee, see the items from heaven.  more »
  • The Antiquarium of the Palace Museum is located along the Eastern side of the Forbidden City. The treasure trove displayed here is amazing and gives an insight into the enormous wealth and status of t...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Part of Historic forbidden City, a must see destination of your Beijing visit. Full of interesting and heritage structures a good guide can give u lot of insights into Chinese dynasties. The structure being spread across massive heritage complex, you need to walk a lot and might be painful for elderly and people carrying infants. The site is worth visiting and one can easily imagine the grandeur the palace might have had during it's peak time.
  • Really amazing place to visit. The first time I went we paid to go inside the central area and peek inside the individual rooms. Be aware that you can't go inside everywhere, a lot of it is just looking. The second time, we did not get tickets, we just walked around the outside and took pictures because it was so busy. I highly recommend visiting, even if you only walk around the outer wall.
  • I love it. Very beautiful view. Great place to learn about culture and history of China. I really enjoyed my time here. Keep in mind to always stay together or in groups because there is a lot of people here! :)