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Forbidden City

4.8/597,139 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural SitePalaceMuseum

Business Hours

High season (April 1 - October 31) 8:30-17:00 (ticket sales ended at 16:00, admission stopped at 16:10); off season (November 1 - March 31 of the following year) 8:30 -16:30, (ticket sales ended at 15:30, admission stopped at 15:40). Except for public holidays, the Palace Museum will be closed on Monday for the whole year. The specific time is subject to the official website announcement.

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No. 4, Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
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About Forbidden City

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.

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  • E31****6493
    5.0

    It was a must if you visit Beijing.There had some special things being exhibited because of the Spring Festival,like couplets,lanterns,door god and many of the traditional celebration and celebratory things.They were beautiful and delicate and old.For instance,we saw many exquisite chairs and cupboards and tables in the furniture museum.There were many tiny details and figures on it. The exhibition was great but just a little bit crowded.I was too little compared with those adults so I could hardy see these fantastic things. I saw a set of golden chimes and they are huge,shining and impressive.It also had a meandering experience.We not only went to see the exhibition but also walked around it on the city walls.There were exhibitions in the turrets too.There was one showing you how it was built and that made me gasp in admiration about our ancestors’ wise for building houses without a single nail. It was great to go for a walk on it because you can see the beautiful scenes both inside and outside.It was good to see the whole museum from up high and you can see the yellow or green roofs,the yellow ones will be golden if the sun shines on it,and the red walls.Outside,you’ll see the Jingshan Park .There were just a few people on the city walls because many of the tourists don’t know this.Things in it were still brilliant.It was a big museum and there were many long-term exhibitions.We didn’t go into all of them because we were running out of time but I know they are pretty good so I suggest you go in and have a look.I promise it won’t let you down.I know I will come back for the second,or third time.I hope you’ll have that feeling too.It’s a good place to know further about Chinese culture ,history and it was our glory!Tips:1.If you want to have a better visiting experience,you’d better go there on weekdays and there would be fewer people.2.Things in it will be a little expensive so you ought to prepare everything well and full up your tummy or bring enough money.

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  • 仁兄你还好吗
    5.0

    The Palace Museum of Beijing, formerly known as the Forbidden City, is the Royal Palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties in China. It is located in the center of the central axis of Beijing and is the essence of ancient Chinese Palace architecture. Beijing Palace Museum is centered on three main halls, covering an area of 720,000 square meters, with a construction area of about 150,000 square meters. It has more than 70 palaces and more than 9,000 houses. It is one of the largest and most complete ancient wooden structures in the world. The Beijing Palace Museum was built in 1406 in Yongle, Chengzu, Ming Dynasty. It was built on the basis of Nanjing Palace Museum and completed in 1420 in Yongle. It is a rectangular city pool, 961 meters long north and south, 753 meters wide East and west, surrounded by a wall 10 meters high, and 52 meters wide moat outside. The buildings in the Forbidden City are divided into two parts: the Outer Court and the Inner Court. The center of the foreign Dynasty is the Hall of Taihe, the Hall of Zhonghe and the Hall of Baohe, which are collectively called the three halls. They are the places where the national ceremonies are held. The center of the Inner Court is the Qianqing Palace, Jiaotai Palace and Kunning Palace, which are collectively called the Hou Three Palaces and the main palace where emperors and queens live. Beijing Palace Museum is known as the top five palaces in the world (Beijing Palace Museum, Versailles Palace, Buckingham Palace, White House of the United States, Kremlin Palace of Russia). It is a national AAAAA-level tourist attraction. It was listed as the first batch of national key cultural relics protection units in 1961 and as a world cultural heritage in 1987.

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  • M10****673
    5.0

    In winter, the capital city can be regarded as a trip to old Beijing. General people do not know the strategy: 1. To Jingshan a single-reflex can take a panoramic view of the Palace Museum, to go early, late also many people. 2. The sugar gourds in Donghua Gate need to be eaten by mobile vendors, and the shops are normal. 3. When you go to the water cube at night, you can see the night scene. The bird's nest coffee under the bird's nest is the only one, there are no branches. 4. Don't go to see the flag when it is raised. Someone always gets up earlier than you. If you really want to see it, first make sure whether you want to stand in the South Square or the North Square. The flag of the North Square comes out and the flag of the South Square is raised. The back court of the flag guard after raising the flag is worth seeing. 5. Four Seasons Minfu Roast Duck is OK. If you want to queue up, we will line up from 2:30 to 5:00. 6. The National Museum with children is worth visiting. There are many treasures in textbooks. 7. Enter the Palace Museum at 3 p.m., play till closing, few people, suitable for photography, time is enough. 8. The subway is really convenient. Don't take a taxi. There are too many leaders and the roads are restricted. 9. Laoshe Teahouse has a good taste for cross talk.

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  • _WeCh****095798
    5.0

    I suggest you don't go in this place during a Chinese holiday as most of mainlanders will flock to see this place. I am in awe of the grandeur of this palace and a one whole day trip is not enough to see the well preserved relics of the place and the vastness of its surroundings.

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    Reviewed on 1570460718000
  • Olivia_crystal
    5.0

    4.15 Before May Day and after the Qingming Dynasty, I took my mother to the Palace Museum for a tour. The weather was just right. Although I had deliberately missed the holiday, there were still many people. Traffic is very convenient, Beijing South Railway Station Line 4 to Line 1, three yuan to Tian'anmen West, out of the subway entrance, not very far, you can reach the Tian'anmen security checkpoint, online search a picture, according to the order of visits from the noon gate to Shenwumen, I have to say, really big, if you walk slowly, five or six hours, you can probably finish, each palace has a brief introduction, extra. As an absolute landmark building in Beijing, the tickets for the treasure hall and clock hall are worth visiting and recommending.~

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  • _WeCh****441610
    5.0

    It takes you back to old China. Every detail of this place shows why it was Forbidden before. It’s truly amazing!

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  • _WeCh****237017
    5.0

    The compound is so big, theres a lot to see and its better if you bring drinks with you, it can get really hot in there. Its a good place to make memories.

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    Reviewed on 1563967821000
  • _WeCh****054697
    5.0

    it was an awesome trip,I and my friends made plan to visit forbidden city, and then we went their , that trip will always be in my good memories

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    Reviewed on 1567995276000
  • _FB2****3561
    5.0

    Most incredible and elaborate palace! So big and rich plants and garden! Absolutely spectacular and very affordable!!

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    Reviewed on 1560759349000
  • _WeCh****974101
    5.0

    It was amazing! the place is beautiful and it was really easy to get in despite the amount of people, I highly recommend to go early in the morning and take something to drink

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    Reviewed on 1549182318000
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