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The Palace Museum, Beijing

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Must see · World heritage site · History Museum · Architectural Building
Within a palace that served as the seat of power for the Ming and Qing dynasties, The Palace Museum houses a massive collection of artifacts that include ceramics, porcelain pieces, paintings, bronzeware, steles, sculptures, and much more. Built in the early 15th century, the palace holds the honor of being a World Heritage Site and contains an unparalleled number of preserved ancient wooden structures. Bring your ID or passport to purchase entry tickets. For The Palace Museum and beyond, use our Beijing trip planner to get the most from your Beijing vacation.
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  • The Forbidden City is an amazing place that you absolutely must visit, but currently if you do not book your tickets at least a week in advance you will not be permitted inside. They will let you...  more »
  • It is a quintessential display of Chinese culture and history! Rows of buidings, rooms built for specific purposes. Tough only a small part of the entire City (literally) is accessible to public, it.....  more »
  • The area is astonishing but we met some scammers who kept selling us paintings and artwork and even asking us to use our credit cards if we don't have a cash on hand. June 2016  more »
  • Grand palace steeped in history, wished we had more time to enjoy it. The architecture, thought and details were amazing. The palace grounds were vast, the stories aplenty. The red palace walls juxtaposed against the white snow was beautiful. Rent an audio guide at least or you will miss plenty of information about the antiquities and history of the Dynasties. Probably need a full day and a half just to visit every building within. Not much food to find within the palace grounds, do make sure you have a meal before you enter if you plan to visit. The Palace Museum is a must visit, will return again someday!
  • It is a cool place. And it’s a huge place! I would strongly advice to get a guide or a tour group unless you have A LOT of time on your hands. We spent four hours here but still managed to get only a glimpse, or at least that was how it felt. It is signposted in English which makes it worth it even without a guide. One nice thing is to feel the walls that face south in wintertime. They get very hot despite the freezing temperatures. Temples, houses and all the things in them makes it easy enough to imagine how life looked like in the past. To the east somewhere in the middle, there is a garden which is very nice, I can imagine it feels a bit like paradise during summer. Well worth a visit!
  • A really interesting point of destination. A must see if you are in Beijing, you can spend a whole day, but I do recommend some sort of guide to explain what you are looking at. Definitely not a "tourist trap." Really interesting as a large outside area which acts as one large museum. Seeing this is a great introduction to the rest of Beijing's palaces and helps fill in the timeline of china's rich history.
  • Wonderful ancient palace. The architecture and the buildings are considered well conserved. The number of visitors allowed to enter is limited to 10000pax per day so do purchase your ticket in advanced at , tickets are purchased by keying in passport number for foreigners so do make sure all the passport numbers are key in correctly before making payment. When u arrive at the palace museum, just provide your passport upon entry and they can check via the system. No physical ticket is required, u don’t not need to show them your electronic ticket as well. It’s very convenient for tourist.
  • I dont know why this is called The Palace Museum. It is a nuclear power plant near Apollo Beach in Florida. I went with a friend because manatees gather near the power plant when the weather gets cooler. We didn't see close ups of any manatees because the day was rather warm. We did see some just under the surface. Kind of surreal to be so close to a nuclear power plant. There is a kind of narrow boardwalk where you can see all kinds of fish. We also saw a spotted stingray. They have a holding tank where you can touch actual stingrays. I gave this a 5 because of the ability to see nature juxtaposed next to a nuclear power plant. But if based on the staff to explain things ( being sarcastic, there was literally no staff explaining anything) and the gift shop ( the woman who ran the register was very surly) I would have rated this 2 stars

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