Forbidden City, China
The Place: It sounds like something you’d hear from a tourist board, but you can believe it: No Beijing visit is complete without a stop at the Forbidden City.
Beat the Crowds: This is one of the most visited sites in the world, so be sure to avoid holidays and weekends, and whatever you do, don’t plan your visit over the “Golden Week,” a seven-day holiday which falls every year over the first week of October. The Chinese Labor Day is also a period to avoid, with the tourist peak lasting from April 26 to May 4. The sweet spot: from November to the end of March, where the Forbidden City sees on average half as many visitors.
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