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The Palace Museum, Beijing

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Must see · World heritage site · History Museum · Specialty Museum
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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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  • Amazing structures. Lots of history and beautiful surroundings. People in traditional costume. Very crowded but well worth the visit. 
    Amazing structures. Lots of history and beautiful surroundings. People in traditional costume. Very crowded but well worth the visit.  more »
  • My wife an me are from Idaho so we know about cities but this one takes the cake! When they say forbidden they mean it. You cannot climb on the roof which is forbidden, you cannot carve your initials....  more
    My wife an me are from Idaho so we know about cities but this one takes the cake! When they say forbidden they mean it. You cannot climb on the roof which is forbidden, you cannot carve your initials....  more »
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  • We absolutely had to visit Forbidden City while in Beijing. So much history, so much to see and learn. Very nice people.. one of the locals, very nice guy, gave us a guided tour of the entire place. He was so knowledgeable. Great experience!! A must see!!! My daughter loved every minute of it.
  • This is an Imperial Chinese Lioness in the grounds of the Forbidden Palace, Beijing, which was constructed in the 1300s. Sometimes these are referred to as Foo Dogs and are in pairs. This is the female or lioness, as it is playing with a cub, under it’s paw. This represents nurture. They are often made of granite or cast in bronze. I was lucky enough to visit the Forbidden Palace, whilst speaking at an international leadership conference, being held in Beijing.

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