The Forbidden City is the ideal place for you to begin your exploration of Beijing by opening its mysterious face. With over 9,000 rooms and over 250 acres, this large palace building was built between 1406 and 1420. It burned down and was rebuilt, sacked and renovated for times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates back to the 18th century in the Qing Dynasty. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you have to walk a lot! There is a Starbucks in the palace in case you need some coffee to recharge you. I highly recommend you to have a guide. It is quite helpful to have a guide escort you and tell the stories behind the palace. If you are a non-group tourist, I suggest you rent a multi lingual guide recorder either at Meridian Gate (southern gate of Forbidden City) or the Gate of Divine Prowess (Northern gate of Forbidden City) and return it when you finish your Forbidden City Tour.
Since this is in the same area, Tiananmen Square is a few minute-walk away to the Forbidden City, which you can go to after a quick visit to Mao's Mausoleum.
Plan for at least two to three hours to see the whole museum. On average most visitors spend three to four hours; some even spend the whole day.
Opening Hours: 8:30-17:00
Address: 4 Jing Shan Qian Jie, Beijing
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