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It may have been forbidden once but not now!

Advantages: Fantastic insight into the life and lives of those who lived within the walls.
Disadvantages: A lot of tourists you will never ever get the perfect photo.

The Forbidden City. Beijing. I remember as a child looking at pictures and reading about the last Emperor and the Forbidden city and although I had a vivid imagination I never thought I would ever go and visit the Palace, Visiting the palace was ...

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Walking with Emperors

Advantages: Great value for your money, beautiful architecture, easy access
Disadvantages: One hawker too many; for a great historical gem it's a tad too commercialized

...visited the Chinese capital in May 2004 believe me, I had a long list of things to do and see. Not surprisingly the Forbidden City was on the top of the list. When in Beijing you simply must visit it. It would be like going to London for the first ...

muiguifa 27.01.2005 · Read full review
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Neverending courtyards.

Advantages: Historical and Architectural interest.
Disadvantages: Walking, toilets.

I visited the Forbidden city on a trip to Beijing in February 2000. Now famous as the location of filming "the last emperor", these magnificent buildings were once the home of the Emperor's of China and forbidden teritory to the general public. I went ...

DNAhelix 21.07.2000 · Read full review

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Forbidden Atmosphere

Advantages: Nice Collection in the Protected Area
Disadvantages: Dusty, crowded, noisy...no atmosphere at all

...Maybe it was the crowds of coached in tourists, maybe it was the amount of dust that filled the air, maybe it was the grubby windows or maybe it was the never ending sequence of empty rooms...but for me the best part of the Forbidden City was viewing it f ...

khunKwai 28.06.2000 · Read full review

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One of the MUSTS of your visit

Advantages: disadvantaged if you miss it
Disadvantages: none

...you will for sure want to see the Forbidden City, Leave yourself plenty of time if you are going it alone for their is much to see. My visit was with a holiday group so time was at a premium before we were whisked off to the nexts ...

lindylou 13.02.2001 · Read full review
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