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Forbidden City

4 Jingshan Qianjie, Beijing, 11 1000 China
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  • Forbidden CityPro 2014
    Dennis Rose
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    4 Jun 06, 2014

    Ignore all the 'tour guides' trying to sell their services and pick up an audio guide. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and deal with crowds - you will be rewarded. If walking from hotel to Forbidden City, avoid people offering to show you a 'short cut' and go the way the hotel told you - the short cut probably involves a stop at an art studio where the person just happens to be an art student.

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  • Forbidden CityPro 2014
    Leigh Virkus
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    5 Mar 26, 2014

    This is a must see if you are in Beijing. Remember to wear good walking shoes and bring water since it is very large and can be very crowded.

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    Stanley Chan
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    5 May 13, 2014

    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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  • Forbidden CityPro 2014
    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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  • Forbidden CityPro 2014
    Frances Nguyen
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    5 May 27, 2014

    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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  • Forbidden CityPro 2014
    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 May 13, 2014

    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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  • Forbidden CityPro 2014
    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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    Sophia Aduana
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    4 Jan 21, 2013

    I suggest watching the film "The Last Emperor" to understand what life was like living in the Forbidden City and why the existence of the place is still a testament of the China that once was. This is an absolute must while in Beijing. Take time to tour the whole complex, and prepare for hordes of tour groups! There is a park across the street from the Forbidden City with a large hill. Afterwards, I suggest climbing to the top to see the Forbidden City from above. That view will show you the whole grandeur of what you had just walked through.

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    Timo
    3 Jan 09, 2013

    Tenía muchas expectativas con respecto a la visita de la ciudad prohibida. Se cumplieron a medias. Por un lado es fascinante estar en un lugar con una historia tan particular. Por el otro lado, las construcciones y la atracción en sí no me pareció muy sorprendente. Existe un patrón de arquitectura y diseño que se repite en toda la ciudad, por lo tanto llega un momento que se puede tornar aburrido. Pero sin dudas, ya solo con su rica historia, merece una visita!

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  • Forbidden CityPro 2014
    Kim L. "Lady Boss"
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    5 Dec 20, 2012

    Impressive the history and culture of the place as well as the beauty of it, so much to see, enjoy and to learn. One of the most historic sites in Beijing and a must see attraction during any trip.

    Take a tour, you will learn so much more =)

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    Christell Berger
    5 Nov 18, 2012

    Forbidden City was fortunately on the docket after a down/relax day. This complex is huge with many interesting things to see. Be prepared for jade carvings, rockeries, gardens, jewelry collections, metalware, etc. Bring an umbrella to provide some shade if its warm. Its wide open walking across this vast area. If you are planning on seeing all of this I would balance it out with something relaxing at night.

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    Steven C
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    5 Oct 31, 2012

    History is pretty cool especially visiting a whole palace where people lived and never left. Mobs of people but worth checking out.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Oct 25, 2012

    The Forbidden City is huge, and it seems to go on forever as you penetrate each layer. The architecture is brilliant and amazing, but nothing seems to fit into a camera lens.

    There can be huge crowds here, and the locals aren't that shy about full contact tourism, but there's nothing mean about it.

    This was probably my favorite thing in Beijing.

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    Cherry Wu
    5 Oct 18, 2012

    Best way to the Forbidden City is to go by yourself! Spend a whole day there is even not enough. So huge place, beautiful, elegant and grand. Equipped with the Chinese history first.

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  • Forbidden City
    Rebecca Everson
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    4 Oct 15, 2012

    A great place to start your tour of China. Be prepared for all the Chinese tourists to stare at you for being an American. They will also beg you to have their picture taken with you.

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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 ... read more
and 9000 rooms, from the Meridian Gate entrance to the exhibition halls and private offices.

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