Within a palace that served as the seat of power for the Ming and Qing dynasties, The Palace Museum houses a massive collection of artifacts that include ceramics, porcelain pieces, paintings, bronzeware, steles, sculptures, and much more. Built in the early 15th century, the palace holds the honor of being a World Heritage Site and contains an unparalleled number of preserved ancient wooden structures. Bring your ID or passport to purchase entry tickets. For The Palace Museum and beyond, use our Beijing trip planner to get the most from your Beijing vacation.
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The Palace Museum Reviews
You have to have seen it as one of the world's major attractions. However, the biggest frustration of visiting this place is that you cannot get into any of the buildings. You can only watch from... more »
To get here you'll need to visit Tian An Men square first so you'll have to bring your passport to get in because they'll check it. After exploring the square which deserves a review of it's own, you.... more »
Grand palace steeped in history, wished we had more time to enjoy it. The architecture, thought and details were amazing. The palace grounds were vast, the stories aplenty. The red palace walls juxtaposed against the white snow was beautiful. Rent an audio guide at least or you will miss plenty of information about the antiquities and history of the Dynasties. Probably need a full day and a half just to visit every building within. Not much food to find within the palace grounds, do make sure you have a meal before you enter if you plan to visit. The Palace Museum is a must visit, will return again someday!
It is a cool place. And it’s a huge place! I would strongly advice to get a guide or a tour group unless you have A LOT of time on your hands. We spent four hours here but still managed to get only a glimpse, or at least that was how it felt. It is signposted in English which makes it worth it even without a guide. One nice thing is to feel the walls that face south in wintertime. They get very hot despite the freezing temperatures. Temples, houses and all the things in them makes it easy enough to imagine how life looked like in the past. To the east somewhere in the middle, there is a garden which is very nice, I can imagine it feels a bit like paradise during summer. Well worth a visit!
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