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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Open today: 08:30 - 16:30
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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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday

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 yesterday

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 yesterday

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
Thank burkongla
Reviewed yesterday

A fascinating and large palace. Many buildings and amazing architecture. A great journey into what China did as part of its history. Only disappointment we had is that our time was limited and we did not go through some of the historical buildings.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Keith M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Make sure you have your passport or ID, otherwise the cashier at the gate won't sell you any tickets! Then get the audio guide and start your journey through the gates, temples and centuries. We were lucky to visit the Palace on the 4th of...More

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

Great place, very spread out, Prepare for walking! Easy half a day browsing or maybe full for history lovers! Nice shades and seats for rest! Incredible history!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank tyagiraj
Reviewed 3 days ago

Although it is nice, it can be a long walk for some. And it can start to become a little repetitive. Nonetheless, I'm glad we visited here and we'd probably go back if we're ever to visit Beijing again.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank TayC08
Reviewed 3 days ago

Been there twice and still find it amazing. If only seeing two places in Beijing then the square and forbidden city. So much history

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Zeeburg80
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I took time out to visit the Forbidden city. Please put on you walking shoes. Please note...I found it a little difficult to book on line as the website only offered Mandarin. My hotel booked for me. Once you get there you show your passport,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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.