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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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  • Don't skip it, just decide to go on the path less traveled. We heard so much about crowds, heat and lines that we made good use of our jet lag to be in line just at opening time. We zoomed in, joined ...  more »
  • We arrived at 7:45am at the Palace and there were already lots and lots of tour parties there. And the gates didn't open until 8:30am. This place is enormous with over 8,700 rooms and depicts the Ming...  more »
  • We were unlucky in this visit or not? ... Thousands and thousands of people empurroes and more empurroes .... very unpleasant for people with children or gave it to enjoy the sights. Not like a lot.
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  • Loved the tour that we were given. This place is amazing. So much history and so rich in culture. To think that hundreds of years ago- this place was built without the use of modern day machines. The beauty of the structures and the care taken to preserve it is so commendable. It is a must that you visit this place when in Beijing.
  • The place is marvelous. A must visit. Do take a guide as they like to share the local trending news too. Will take almost half day because it is gigantic. But you'll enjoy it. Make sure you check the weather and carry an umbrella if necessary.
  • This places gives a full history of Chinese culture, both in terms of architecture and custom. It is super interesting and is very well done, in terms of the signage and information. We did not have a guide and were able to still fully enjoy the experience and learn about the different buildings, of which there were many. The space is huge, mind boggling that the area takes up such a huge area - it goes on and on and on. A must see if you are in Beijing.
  • A very fun and beautiful experience, definitely puts you in awe when you consider the history behind it. One of my most memorable trips. For anyone that is thinking of going, try to go on a cool day. A long walk with the heat makes it a bit unbearable and will distract you from truly appreciating the experience. If you are traveling with family or friends, I would recommend bringing a backpack filled with only food and drinks, as it may be a bit more pricey inside. If you are visiting Beijing, the Palace Museum is definitely a place that I recommend for you to visit.
  • Sprawling area with lots to cover. Make sure you can walk for a while without sitting down. Bathrooms are hard to find if even existent. I came on a "good air" day, but it was still smoggy. Interesting culture and history, but a little bland - similar to most temples/palaces/castles throughout Asia with the exception of Japan. You will get a lot of looks if you aren't Asian, and school children may talk to you - or be scared. You might be the first foreigner they ever have seen!