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Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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  • Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Pre-booked direct entry to the Forbidden City; explore five centuries of Chinese history
  • Beat the crowds: No need to wait to purchase a ticket
  • Wander the 178-acre palace grounds at your own pace
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The Forbidden City is a massive, 15th-century palace complex that once served as the royal residence of 24 Chinese emperors. It’s also one of Beijing’s top attractions, with the crowds to match. Enter directly into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed compound with these pre-booked direct entry admission tickets to start exploring the former seat of Chinese power at your own pace.
What to Expect
The rush to purchase an entrance ticket for the Forbidden City can take precious time away from your visit. With pre-booked admission, use your passport to access at the main entrance, directly across from Tiananmen Gate. You’ll enter directly into the sprawling palace complex and start exploring right away.
Luckily, due to its size, the 15th-century royal residence never feels crowded, despite its popularity as one of Beijing’s top attractions. With these pre-booked tickets, you’ll beat the crowds at the entrance and enjoy plenty of space to admire the magnificent royal pagodas. Visit the Hall of Supreme Harmony, which contains the imperial throne, and the emperor’s private garden, where you'll find a peaceful Daoist temple.
During the Ming Dynasty, only the emperor had access to the entire palace complex. Now, you can wander at your leisure through the 178-acre grounds. Walk through five centuries of Chinese history and get a firsthand look at the sight’s intricate architecture, which adhered to the traditional practice of feng shui. 
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I purchased these tickets under the false premise that they would help cut line time. They didn’t. Nobody was paying to get in. The lines were for security. Locals showed their IDs and we had to present our passports. I would like my money back....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Sylvia G
Beijing-guide-Lily, Manager at Lily's Beijing Tour Guide & Car Service, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Sylvia Thank you for this feedback. We are happy to tell you some information that the whole world know. Forbidden city is Not free. It's limited 80000 tickets per day. And in the high season, the tickets would sold out many days before. You...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was great - be sure to bring your passport, and definitely get the ticket to go in before noon - the place is huge with much to explore! Just beware, when you're at the exit gate, a Chinese person who speaks pretty good English...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank JessicaI929
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is huge. So many rooms and buildings but we pretty much stayed on the outside and didn't explore too many. Wear comfortable shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking. Once you reach the end and exit you can go across the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank LeoAndDorothy
Reviewed 15 April 2019 via mobile

Fascinating view of history! Try to see this with a guide so they can explain the buildings to you. Otherwise you’ll be walking around looking at things not knowing what you’re looking at. Such an amazing feat!

3  Thank AndyJTravels
Reviewed 8 April 2019

The Forbidden City is hyped as a 'must see' when in Beijing and it is a beautiful area with great Chinese architecture and stories about the Emperors that lived there. If you are someone like me who has travelled a lot in China and Asia,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank Lisa_at_large
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