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Forbidden City

4 Jingshan Qianjie, Beijing, 11 1000 China

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4.5 out of 5
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    Stanley Chan
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    5 Nov 01, 2013

    Completed in 1420, the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the world's largest palace complex and China's most magnificent imperial architecture, consisting of many buildings with 9,999 rooms, on a 250-acre compound, protected by a 20-foot-wide moat and a 32-foot-high wall. Now known as the Palace Museum, the Forbidden City was the exclusive domain of the imperial court and dignitaries where outside visitors were forbidden for 5 centuries. It is here that we were able to explore the imperial treasures in the grand palaces and pavilions, exquisite courtyards and gardens, in what was once the residence of China's rulers. The Forbidden City is absolutely huge, where walking from one complex to another is akin to hiking. Legend has it that a hundreds of years ago, a European dignitary came to visit the Emperor and was warned that he must kowtow to him; the European boasted that he would never get on his knees for anybody, but after making the long and seemingly endless trek to see the Emperor, the European dignitary fell on his knees in fatigue! A conquering army would have a hard time trying to take the Forbidden City!

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    Matthew Crompton
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    3 Oct 18, 2013

    Every endeavor requires a dissenting voice, and on the Forbidden City, I'm likely to be it. I like the place, and feel that to pass through Beijing without a visit would be a significant oversight. That said, any review advising the visitor to set aside 'a full day' is significantly overstating this location's power to hold human interest. The scale of the place is enormous, but based on so many of the same repeating elements that it becomes difficult to be thrilled by yet another courtyard or hall of fabulously ornate wonders. By all means, you must see the Forbidden City; but don't be surprised after a couple of hours when you're ready to move on.

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    Frances Nguyen
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    5 Oct 17, 2013

    The Forbidden City is a sprawling series of palaces within palaces and is one of the most epic of emperor-type buildings in Asia. The place is grand, historic and huge. You cannot visit Beijing without visiting the Forbidden City. It is a must-see on the tourist list.

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    Juno Kim
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    4 Oct 16, 2013

    Forbidden City is a must visit site in Beijing. Don't forget to budget a generous amount of time here! This is a huge place. You would want to be and feel the vibe from the inside. The high walls and buildings inside are quite surreal.

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    Casper Tollerud
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    5 Nov 24, 2013

    The Forbidden City is a marvel of Ming Dynasty design and architecture. People who have been to the Golden Palace in Bangkok often get a little dissapointed when visiting the Forbidden City, because it - at a glance - does not look as impressive as the Bangkok palace or other such sights around the world. However in order to fully understand the attention to detail inside the Forbidden City you need to look for the symmetry with which it has been built. Everywhere you will find references to China's history, poetry and much more, so in order to understand the meaning of it bring a guidebook, hire a guide or get one of those taped guides to listen to while walking through the massive area.
    The most important buildings are all on the central south-to-north line running through the entire city, but you should also take time to have a look at some of the buildings outside the central axis.

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    Wana Ursiripant
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    5 Nov 24, 2013

    Forbidden City is one of the symbol of China. Located in the heart of Beijing or the northern of Tian An Men Square. Ancient Chinese astronomers make the sign of the universe. So it should be take more time about 2 or more hours here.

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    5 Sep 26, 2013

    Probably the most impressive palace complex anywhere. Breathtaking. Was there on a crystal clear day with the expected crowds. Get an audioguide.

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    Fabiana Meira Pires Azevedo
    5 Mar 24, 2013

    Gorgeous. Totally worth the visit. I loved the palace's garden and the concubine's place. There's an auto audio guide you can rent that runs with GPS, detects your position inside the forbidden city and load the respective audio for it.

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    Maayan
    4 Mar 18, 2013

    Honestly, it looks better in the pictures but still being there was an amazing experience. It was entering into a part of history.

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    Albert Qian
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    5 Feb 18, 2013

    A big taste of China is right here at the Forbidden City. Take a long, slow, walk through this destination and imagine what it would have been like for the emperors and his subjects. A must-see for Beijing.

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The Forbidden City got its name because ... well, it was forbidden for almost anyone to enter it for over 500 years. Officially known as the Palace Museum, take advantage of its open status and visit the Beijing sight, if you can, for the better part of a day. Built as a palace in the early 15th century for emperors and their family starting during the Ming Dynasty, the site includes 800 buildings and 9000 rooms, from the Meridian Gate entrance to the exhibition halls and private offices.
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