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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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  • Maybe the main Attraction of Beijing. Take 2-3 hours to visit . Guided tour very recommended. Was built at 1420 by the Ming Caesar Dynasty that ruled til 1644. Astonishing buildings and the story behi...  more »
  • The Forbidden City is amazing and a must see when you are in China. Make sure to be on a tour or if you are going it alone, you can get a personal headset. One tip, do not allocate too much of the day...  more »
  • The complex was worth a visit. Impresses with its size. But most of all liked the garden within the complex. Very nice, lots of greenery, beautiful pavilions, many colors.
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  • A historical place. Must go when you visit China. Easy access from main road. There is a subway in front of palace. Visit China? You must see this great palace. Although there so much room closed, overall you can get nice picture here
  • It was extraordinary and something beyond imagination. Never thought it would be this big. I just wondered where the other exit were except the last one that was on the other side of the whole palace. I were there while on a layover in Beijing for 12 hours; definitely worth it! I also came in early January, maybe it's better to visit in the spring or summer (it was really cold)
  • First of all there is no good food there so therefore better prepare your own food!! It’s a very touristy place and there is a lot of people most of the time but it’s really huge so there will always be some corners here and there that you will not meet anyone. Personally I like nature and therefore I do not find anything interesting in this forbidden palace because it looks the same to me everywhere. For someone who is into architecture and history, it is probably a good place to spend some time. You don’t get to go inside the rooms and the palace though.
  • Definitely need a guide to explain what's going on here. Otherwise all you see is empty palaces. The buildings and alleyways are all there's to see. It'll probably be more interesting with the historical trivia/stories.
  • Must-go place to visit in Beijing, China. Great place to explore the spectacular architecture and know about China history, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Better go in the early morning to avoid large crowd from the travel agencies’. The entrance fee varies between seasons, ¥60 from April to October, ¥40 from November to March. And they have audio guide device to rent at the entrance, make sure you have cash as they do not accept other payments.
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