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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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  • When you are in Beijing you must visit the forbidden city. Very impressive and beautiful architecture. A busy place with a lot of people.  more »
  • If there are 2 things to do has Beijing, these are for me the great wall and the forbidden city. After many security controls, who will very quickly anyway, we finally enter this mysterious place... The buildings pass by our eyes at every turn. Everything is beautiful. It makes want to take photo. For someone not speaking Chinese, it seems difficult to understand all the intricacies contained in these places. But there are enough things to admire is to go into the details. Our almost complete site visit took us about 4 hours. Then you can continue on the Park in front of the North exit. It will pay another entry, but you will have a complete panorama of the city from the top of the Hill. Enjoy your time.
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  • Thing in itself. Necessarily rendered with a guide or audio guide. Simple mind palaces characteristic architecture, but all worth the massive steam heating system (for open fire within the Forbidden City drew the death penalty), which is harder than all the buildings together. Many cast sculptures of magnificent quality. I advise you to ...
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  • pretty crowded, which we expected. booked a ticket beforehand, which was smart. it was very informative, really big, lots of souvenir shops and restaurants. the parts with exhibitions was not that crowded. from the outside and during sunset it looks very nice. you can have great views there. audio guide was available in many languages, even German.
  • This place has everything! Lots of very reasonably priced souvenirs and some very high quality finds. I was able to find basic things as well as some gorgeous jewelry options. The staff is very lovely and friendly. They have a basic knowledge of English
  • An important historical landmark. The Royal palace is very large. I'd recommend either hiring a guide or joining a tour group as you won't really know what you are looking at without some commentary as it's vast and a lot of the buildings and structures look similar. Most of the buildings you can't go inside or there's not much to see.
  • The Palace Museum a.k.a the Forbidden City. As a Chinese arriving at this place literally gave me goose bumps. The sheer grandeur of the entrance gate itself blew me away. As you walk through the gate you can already feel the size of this place. The gate entrance alone is at least 10 feet deep. The restoration work put through here must have been laborious. If you have the flexibility of time and appreciate beauty and photography you need at least 2-3 hours here to slowly go as far as you are allowed to go. Make sure you are aware of the closing times and time it 3 hours backwards. The reason for this is as the closing time closes in the crowd thins out and you will be able appreciate the beauty of the place with less crowd. I was here early Dec and sunset is around 16:45 .. the golden light for photography is absolutely amazing The visit to The Forbidden City is one of the few good reasons to go to Beijing, this is a must definitely go.
  • It's a nice place, beautiful and luxurious. I managed to have dinner with the emperor in the main building and we got to walk in the garden for a night time stroll. Try and avoid the building, 2 blocks away from the shabby looking tree in the main entrance because I think there is a family of noisy monkeys in it.
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