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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. For The Palace Museum and beyond, use our Beijing trip planner to get the most from your Beijing vacation.
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  • Definitely worth a visit if you are in Beijing. It is a beautiful historical place especially if you have read novels about emperor and a Forbidden city...so many things to see  more »
  • Is a huge complex that takes many hours to visit, but its definitely worth it, go to Hall in the Pavilion. We entered the door where is depicted Mao, after missing a row and get that dedicated exclusively to Chinese who had to scan their document. The tickets we purchased from getyourguide, perfect service. Recommended audio guide inside there are several bars where to eat and get warm, especially at this time where the cold is biting.
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  • This was fascinating insight into a different cultures take on divinity of a ruler. Try to go in Feb/March to avoid the queues, you'll also have the Spring lantern festival to top it but it is also ea...  more »
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  • 1. Bad. Each section (north, center, south etc) of the palace costs money. Not much money but still annoying. 2. Neutral. Museum is basically tribute to communist party. Has history of the party. 3. Good. Easily accessible via subway, taxi and bus. I didn't personally enjoy it. But chunks of the buildings are new but made to look old. I didn't sense the history of the palace.
  • Absolutely outstanding. Obviously a can't-miss for anyone visiting Beijing. I would suggest seeing it on your own or with a private tour as the size and scale of the Forbidden City is incredible and you're not going to want to be rushed through by a large tour group. The main palaces are all stunning and full of history, but make sure to see the Eastern and Western palaces as well as many have been converted into smaller exhibits with priceless artifacts and really cool history.
  • Great historical palace. Got there early so there weren't too many visitors buying tickets or blocking photo opportunities. The audio guide is highly recommended and made me appreciate the palace more with the historical knowledge.
  • My American companion asked me to visit the Forbidden Palace together. We toured Prince Gong's mansion prior to coming here. We thought the palace is impressive, really built to intimidate compared to the mansion, and is full of culture, arts and artifacts. My favorite things are in the details, the Eastern gargoyles, the grotesque on the utensils, the designs of the roofing tiles, the carved stones in the garden, anecdotes about the emperors, their concubines and the eununchs. We spent 2-3 hours in the palace museum, couldn't see every single corner, but was able to see a special exhibition about wood carving arts. Renting the audio tour device/map was totally worth it!
  • Beautiful Place, full of history. Excellent for a trip to China. Bring your own food and be ready for a long day. The forbidden City is huge but so beautiful.

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