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The Palace Museum, Beijing

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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. See The Palace Museum and all Beijing has to offer by arranging your trip with our Beijing tour planner.
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  • The place is probably the spot with most historical significance after the great Wall. The emperor were afraid of intruders jumping down from trees so he kept his offices and abode areas free of trees  more »
  • Times have certainly changed since my first visit in 1997. Across Tiananmen Square is the Forbidden City, one of the most amazing landmarks that date back to the Imperial rule, when the emperor and ro...  more »
  • Such an amazing place to visit, full of both recent and ancient history. Expect long queues for security and squat only public toilets.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.