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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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No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 10 8500 7422
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The Forbidden City is a must see in Beijing. This was part of an organised day tour I bought with Tour Beijing (Tour China Team) It is about 1.5 kilometre long, be prepared to do quite a bit of walking and you must be able...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John V
Reviewed today

The sheer size of this building is incredible. On this beautiful day there was quite a crowd. A visit is worthwhile in any case.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank andreameier
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Been here quite a few years back and this revisit is just as good as the first time. We explored most everything...taking our time of 5 hours at this place. As foreigners..I found it difficult to get the tickets online so we just showed up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BertSG
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went during non peak period when is not so crowded. Enjoy the palace fully and gets to know the history behind. The whole area is huge and good to spend time walking around and taking photos. Will be back again one day for another round.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited Beijing taking care to avoid the national holiday, on the strict advice of our chosen tour guide. Despite this the entrance to The Forbidden City was a crush. Locals queue without regard to personal space so we maintained close, almost physical contact with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BobtheOzzy
Reviewed 3 days ago

Worth reading up on or having a tour to really understand the history of the Forbidden Palace. Beautiful.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Susan B
Reviewed 4 days ago

I stayed in Beijing for 2 days and visited many places, I reckon Forbidden City is no.1 across all amazing attractions you may visit in Beijing. Just as a tip, at the entrance gate you will be offered Automatic Guide, I strongly recommend to use...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 548amirn
Reviewed 4 days ago

Blown away by the extremely lavish way the Emperors lived in this era. Good for a wander to take in the sights.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 171madeleiner
Reviewed 4 days ago

You'll need a whole day to see the Palace. Take your time- during peak season it will be crowded. I traveled in December- the crowd was small but it was very cold. Go early in the morning when it opens, bring your passport for entrance,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 4 days ago

The forbidden city is absolutely stunning and a must see when in Beijing. A word of caution however, there are quite a few scammers in the area, so try to avoid people making requests, promoting art etc...

Date of experience: October 2018
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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 311melvynm | Reviewed this property |
Best to buy tickets on line with your passport