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5 Tips for Visiting Forbidden City

No trip to Beijing is complete without a visit to Forbidden City. Here are some useful tips for you to fully explore the imperial palace.

Forbidden City
Tip 1: Popular Tour Route
For such a large scale imperial building housing numerous small palaces, tourists should get clear the visiting routes to take advantage of the full time. Tour along the Central Axis will be the most ideal visiting itinerary. From the Meridian Gate, passing through the Inner Golden Water Bridge and several big palaces and reached the Gate of the Divine Prowess. From this route, you could not only get the main buildings but also get the ancient life style of Forbidden City. Imagine you are the emperor, each palace will surround you.

Tip 2: Be Careful with Your Behaviors
Forbidden City has long been hailed as an icon of China. The palace plays a key role in promoting Chinese art and culture. So you should really be careful not to do anything stupid to cause any damage to the buildings or other structures in the palace. Taking pictures is allowed while touring the Forbidden City (except for some exhibitions), though. It is not a good idea to carve something like your name on the wall or somewhere else in the palace. You might get into some serious trouble if you do that.

Tip 3: Smoking is Prohibited
As we all know the Forbidden City is home to a large number of ancient buildings, which are mainly wooden structure. So if you are a smoker, then you really should pay attention to your smoking habit while visiting the Forbidden City. If you are not careful and accidentally smoke in the palace, you might be fined. It is highly recommended to resist the urge of smoking while touring the Forbidden City just for a couple of hours. You can smoke away while you exit the ground.

Tip 4: Renting Audio Guide Device
If you are visiting Forbidden City alone, it is better to have tour guide, because simple appreciating could not house the whole charm of Forbidden City but its inner concepts. This time, there are audio devices rented in the Meridian Gate. It could offer you the most detail translation about each palace no matter whatever you went. Do not worry about the languages. This kind of device could provide the Chinese, English, French, Japanese, German and Korean, etc.

Tip 5: Pay Attention to Keep Your Belongings Close
Whenever you plan on a visit to the Forbidden City, the crowds can be a little bit thick. So it is highly recommended to be careful with your belongings, handbag or purse. It is highly likely that you may get stolen - which you would not want to happen or it might ruin your trip to Beijing if you lost some something important besides the money. Moreover, your personal safety should always be your priority all the time while you are exploring the imperial palace.

Overall, with these tips in mind, you will enjoy a pleasant tour of the Forbidden City.