Open Closed on Mon;Open from 04/01-10/31,Tue-Sun,8:30am-5:00pm;Open from 11/1-3/31,Tue-Sun,8:30am-4:30pm;Open from 8:30am-5:00pm during Labour Day,Ching Ming Festival,Dragon Boat Festival,China's national day,Mid-Autumn Festival
After a long day at the forbidden city, we were almost ready to go back home and give relief to our legs😌. But only our friend suggested, why not get a one last complete view of the whole 故宫 the Imperial palace. Initially we were quite reluctant that it involves a hike🥾 of nearly 40 minutes with steps, but when we saw a glimpse of what we could see; we were totally down for it.
This park is built to protect the emperor from evil spirits😈, and so they were constructed tall enough to cover the entire palace. On a clear day, you can see👀 the reflections of the architecture in the nearby waterways. You may need to buy an entry ticket of 20 rmb, but totally worth it 😎. Also wait until sunset to see colorful skies and glittering✨ palace that's well lit. #beijingtravel
In all around history, emperors have projected their supremacy by using secrecy and majesty of their living place. Such magnificent is the Palace museum (故宫). One day would not be enough to visit the whole of the museum. The whole place covers Beihai park, Jingshan park and the museum. It has a complex structure with 999 buildings (although I didn't count 😝) , which signifies the immortality of the emperor; as 1000 is for God. It is perfectly built that it lies in straight line starting from Tiananmen square until the Bell and Drum tower 🗼. Also inside it has the Shamanist elements like Phoenix, turtle 🐢 and lion 🦁 . It is also worth to buy the audio tour guide inside for just 10 rmb. A must visit if you are new to China and Beijing. #culturetrip #palace
Must see attraction when you are in Beijing. This is the place mostly featured in movies and tv shows. It is so so huge like more than a kilometer long. Start at Tiananmen Square and end up North Exit at the Jingshan Park where you can have a good look of the city from the top.
The Forbidden palace may be the world’s largest imperial palace, yet the palace seems so small when you navigate it among the sea of tourists you will encounter on your visit. Nevertheless, this should not stop you from visiting one of the biggest attractions in China that dates from Ming dynasty (completed in 1644).
The city is not only an amazing architectural complex, but has the most important Chinese heritage collection in artwork, artifacts and designs (from gardens to ancient buildings). Most of the buildings are made of wood, which different designs in different areas. If you are very attentive, you will notice there are cats but no birds in the Forbidden City. It is said that most of these cats are descendants of the royal cats owned by of the concubines in Ming and Qing dynasties (all the way from 1368!).
There are few gardens and a small shop inside the city if you want to buy a tiny replica of some relics, or get yourself a nice souvenir. Keep in mind many areas in the city are still closed due to overall renovations.
If you have some additional free time, you can walk a few minutes to Jingshan park. Up the hill you will be able to appreciate the view of the whole city complex (which is approximately 720,000 m2).
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A vast majority of tourists who visit Beijing for the first time consider the Forbidden City as a place they must see. The Forbidden City, known as Gugong in Mandarin, once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a symbol of ancient China. Although it is no longer China's political centre, you can still feel its former glory once you are within the courtyard and surrounded by the high walls. Its long history has left behind a large amount of precious architecture and cultural relics, making it one of the most important cultural heritage in modern China.