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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
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Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
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Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge palace complex was built in the 15th century and later extensively renovated and restored during the Qing Dynasty in the 18th century.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 10 8500 7422
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The history of the palace is amazing. So much intrigue within the royal court. A wonderful stop during a long layover.

Thank kristopherross
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

One problem for tourists in Beijing is that many of the attractions have the same colors, designs and architecture. We had visited the Temple of Heaven with a guide the day before, and many of the buildings looked almost identical to the ones in the...More

Thank carolynm294
Reviewed yesterday

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the former chinese imperial palace for over 500 years ago. This complex is so huge with many buildings on it. The architechture here is very unique and beautiful. Many people visit this complex including local too. Interestingly, there are...More

Thank MR_Backpacker
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The forbidden Palace is a ticketed antrance and limited daily tickets . I would recommend a tour to help you navigate the palace . There is very limited signage to understand what you are viewing . Most of the furniture and palace items are stored...More

Thank laj2e7
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a place with so much history you can easily be overwhelmed. The physical place is huge, it goes on and on. Be prepared to go up and down steps again and again. My only disappointment was how few of the buildings have much...More

Thank kansasphotogal
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We 3 of us joined this private tour to forbidden city with tour guide name Cactus. She is helpful knowledgeable n kind. Patient with us taking pictures for us n bringing us to every corner in Forbidden City !. Took time to explain to us...More

Thank mtang63
Reviewed 3 days ago

the forbidden city is really an amazing palace! after visiting a few other palaces around the world, it is really a unique experience. the place is splendid and huge! take a few hours to tour around in order to fully appreciate it.

Thank 381dannyf
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Forbidden City is the most important place in China. It is in heart of Beijing. You need to spend minimum 3-4 hours for this visit. Entrance fee is 40 RMB (~6 USD). You can get audio guide and it really helps you in this visit.

Thank feridgunay
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great weather, a little chilly, not many people, have someone that can explain all of it (guide). Lots of walking, take confortable shoes.

Thank Elisa G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very good introduction to the historical aspects of China. Huge walking tour with series of seemingly-identical structures one-after the other. Recommended to buy the ticket online (for non-Chinese ask the hotel staff/friend; check the prices online for the season). Recommend to get electronic walking translator...More

Thank yog_aeon
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Mary M
24 August 2018|
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Response from JPMJMM | Reviewed this property |
It does take a few hours to see the whole place. I was there for about 4 hours but if you whip round and just see the main palaces it might take you an hour or 2. Depends how keen you are as after a while, they all seem to... More
John K
9 August 2018|
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Response from ZakZapper | Reviewed this property |
We saw wheelchairs (and pushers) at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. These came at a cost, but they were available
24 July 2018|
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Response from Stefan198605 | Reviewed this property |
The entrance is not at Tiananmen square. You have to go through Tiananmen gate (the red one with the Mao portrait) and walk straight on for several hundred meters to get to the entrance.