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"Forbidden City - Palace Museum: It's Big!!" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by cafank

Again I am not doing the tourist descriptions here - I am sure you know all about this place - and that it is now called the Palace Museum.

This is some other info you should know:

1. The place is huge - covering an area of 72 hectares - so you can do a LOT of walking - wear comfortable shoes. There are also lots of outdoor areas so you can't do a lot of hiding from the sun or rain especially going between pavillions - be prepared.

2. Food and drink stalls - the usual high prices in the courtyard outside and not many places inside to buy - take your own if possible.

3. Guides: A guide is helpful, there are many halls which still don't have great English translations. I didn't use a guide but asked locals to explain things to me.

4. Recorded guide: these are available for hire - at least this way you will get good descriptions but if you want to wander off the trail you may get confused.

5. Hidden Costs: Once inside you will still have to pay entry to some of the displays.

6. How Much Time? Up to you - three hours or all day ( I had 2 trips of about 3 hours each and there were still exhibits I didn't see)

Address: North of Tiananmen Square, Beijing City area
Directions: In the Center of Beijing
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 18, 2008
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