It is nice to walk in a place once forbidden. This a city, a kingdom, which was always there but is not accessible for the common people. The place is characterized by common people as Heaven on Earth…
Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is. It made me think, what if I will be the emperor or even the empress of this wonderful place, what will happen? and what will I feel? Anyway, walking and standing in this great forbidden palace made me feel that I’m one of them. It makes you go back to the pages of history itself! It has centuries of history written on its walls and hallways which makes you ponder more on how beautifully preserved this palace is. No words can ever describe my lovely experience in the Forbidden City.
The experience of walking in the old passageways makes me feel like I’m one of the royalties. Not only that, it gave my hollow imagination a chance to make me an empress in just one day. I just imagined walking its corridors in a red silk clothing while guards and eunuchs follow my every step. I imagined sipping tea while looking at the grandeur of each of the halls and knowing that I’m rich and I’m powerful….. (screech…. Imagination o..v..e..r)…Back to reality!… the real deal is that being an Empress is a hard job! and the politics inside and outside the palace is just head-spinning chaos… so I better stop imagining those stuff and just enjoy being a common person who has her own privacy and freedom to travel!
Well, one of the things the empress cannot do is that she cannot travel! Poor her!!! I cannot fathom being locked out for all of my life! Although who wants to travel in a war-ridden country which has full of enemies?! if I will be her, I’ll just stay at home and be pampered by her eunuchs..
The Forbidden city is a PALACE. a grand and humungous one! With over 9000 rooms! My tour group took 2 hours just to pass-by the grand halls. Remember, we just passed-by the halls or structures in the middle, we didn’t actually explore the whole thing but it took us 2 hours (2 grand hours of Walking), maybe if you wanna tour everything and see everything, it will take you 5-8 hours to finish this thing off!
The Forbidden City gives you a glimpse of how grand China is during those period and you will just pop the word “Wow” because the history of China and of this place is just amazing! It made me envy of such rich history of China, it made me think of what will happen if Philippines have also royalties in the past.
Well, the forbidden city is really a place to visit! It is a must see! if you have been to China and wasn’t able to see this, I’m telling you to go back and to see this sight! This is really wonderful! The biggest palace in Asia I’ve ever seen! Much bigger than Korea’s Gyeongbokgung palace and much more lively!
We booked our tour with Sinohotelguide for $28USD or P1027.00 which also include tour in Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. But you can always do it on your own.
Downside is: There is a lot of people! It is really crowded!! No pictures taken without other person being there. All pictures have strangers on it. This is the downside! However, it is still a beauty, so go there in the afternoon, when it is near closing time. We went there in the morning, it seems that tour groups go there in the morning And it became really crowded. You can always see a lot of tour groups and their flags waving in the air.
1. Go late in the afternoon
2. Don’t go there during Chinese holidays
3. Watch the Last Emperor of China to feel something about the place
4. Hire a tour guide or go there by yourself
5. Wear Comfortable clothing, especially shoes! You will be walking for hours there! We just pass through, we did not roam around the area but it took us 2 hours
6. Bring a lot of water with you! I didn’t see any stores inside the area
7. Don’t visit during Summer, it is really hot! we went there in Spring but it was already humid.
1. Don’t be part of a group tour if you walk pretty slow or you have difficulty in walking, since they will just pester you and say “Hurry up! Hurry up!” My mom and dad wasn’t able to visit this place because our tour guide walks really fast and my dad cannot catch up with her… So my dad just decided to stay behind, since my mom is a martyr, she just followed where my dad is.
2. You can visit the place by yourself and just get a geo-tour (you get a headset which has an information regarding the place; the information is recorded in the machine)
How to D-I-Y a Visit to the Forbidden City (Source: TraveChinaGuide)
- Admission Fee: 40 CNY (Nov 1. to Mar 31, 2012); 60 CNY (Apr 1 to Oct 31)
- Admission fee for the Treasure Gallery and Clock and Watch Gallery: CNY 10
- Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Nov. 1, 2011- Mar 31, 2012) Last entry is by 3:40pm. 8:30 to 5:00pm (April 1-Oct 31, 2012) Last entry by 4:10
How to get here:
- Subway Line 1: get off at Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East Station, walk north through the Tiananmen Tower (Gate of Heavenly Peace), and then you’ll find the Meridian Gate (south gate) of the Forbidden City.
Subway Line 2: get off at Qianmen Station and walk north through the Tiananmen Tower.
- Take bus 101, 103, 109, 124, 202, 685 or 814 and get off at Gugong (Forbidden City) Station.
- Take bus 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 52, 120 or 802 and get off at Tiananmen Xi or Tiananmen Dong Station, walk north through the Tiananmen Tower (Gate of Heavenly Peace), and then you’ll find the Meridian Gate (south gate) of the Forbidden City.
Take bus 9, 17, 44, 48, 59, 66, 803, 808, 特4, 特7 or Tuanjiehu Special Line and get off at Qianmen, Qianmen Xi, or Qianmen Dong Station, and walk north through Tiananmen Square and you’ll find the Forbidden City in front of you.