"BEIJING : FORBIDDEN CITY" Forbidden City - The Palace Museum Tip by swesn

  Imposing doors in the Forbidden City
by swesn

Off limits for 500 years, the Forbidden City is the largest and most well-restored ancient buildings in China. It was home to the Ming and Qing dynasties of emperors who hardly ever ventured beyond the walls. The alternative name is the Palace Museum (Gu Gong).

The ground is IMMENSE. Budget 4 hours here if you want to see most of the things. You will be exhausted at the end of 4 hours and STILL, you would not have completed everything. It's impossible to visit another sight after this. Never do it on the day you have to catch a flight out of Beijing!

However, many of the treasures and thrones are placed inside halls that we are still forbidden to enter. They can only be seen (vaguely) from a distance from the entrance of the hall.

Address: North of Tiananmen Square
Directions: In the Center of Beijing
Phone: 010-85007422, 85007421
Website: http://www.china.org.cn/english

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  • Written Nov 24, 2003
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