Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from CA$11.50
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Malgorzata
10,460 contributions
A must visit for anyone visiting Beijing
Oct. 2020
Every time I'm in Beijing I try to visit the Forbidden City. The palace is huge and requires at least 4 hours to visit. A great place to know the monarchial history of China. A huge and beautiful, takes us back in time and shows us what it means to have inner peace of mind, you can feel it in every nook and cranny. Wonderful place.
Written September 21, 2021
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Bennett A
Las Vegas, NV36 contributions
Must book tickets early!
Jun. 2021 • Family
The Forbidden City is an amazing place that you absolutely must visit, but currently if you do not book your tickets at least a week in advance you will not be permitted inside. They will let you pass through Tiananmen and through another gate, but at the location where you used to buy tickets they will usher you out if you did not prebook. Really stunk after wading through the mass of people for over an hour to be then turned away. You can book tickets (and pay) on the trip.com website or app, but it currently is over 8 days out, so we were not able to enter this time. Oh well. It is an amazing place, just not for spontaneous trips anymore.
Written July 13, 2021
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Amit P
Pune District, India265 contributions
Spectacular and endless array monument!!!
Apr. 2020
It is a quintessential display of Chinese culture and history! Rows of buidings, rooms built for specific purposes. Tough only a small part of the entire City (literally) is accessible to public, it will tire you out just looking at that part! Your are awestruck even before you enter watching the area surrounding the City. It is very important you take a informed guide with you who will walk you through the City and tell details of each building/monuments. There is so much in there that even one entire day will not be enough. A must visit at least one in your lifetime!
Written March 14, 2021
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MRBP
Luzon, Philippines243 contributions
Old-Architecture
Apr. 2020
The area is astonishing but we met some scammers who kept selling us paintings and artwork and even asking us to use our credit cards if we don't have a cash on hand. June 2016
Written March 4, 2021
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josephine
Dubrovnik, Croatia2 contributions
Unforgattable
Jan. 2021
If you want to learn about the history and culture of China, it's definitely not to be missed. There wasn't a lot of people when we came , we spent more than three hours here. We went to the Treasure Trove(Zhenbaoguan) , the artifacts there were the most beautiful things I ever seen, they are wonderful! I can't believe they're really made by humans. We also bought a cup of hot cocoa at the shop in the Royal Garden, they're really nice! It's only about two streets far from here to Wangfujing Street, you can go there on foot.
Written January 31, 2021
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Wanderlad
Manila, Philippines161 contributions
One of My Best Trips So Far. Mesmerizing and Unforgettable!
Dec. 2020
I visited Forbidden City during the winter season in December 2019 and it was my first-time visit to Beijing, China. The Palace Museum, as it is now more widely known, is located at the heart of downtown Beijing. And if you ask locals how to get to the world’s largest ancient palatial structure, you will always be told “just go downtown and you’ll find it.” It seems easy to go around the city as long as you are within Beijing’s first 5 rings since most of the tourist destinations you’d like to go to are interconnected by their 23 railway systems. Tourists and foreign visitors like me are discouraged to be going around in private vehicles so my colleague and I had to leave our car in the hotel so we can take the public railway transit to get to the train station at Tiananmen Square. Always get your passport handy as there are security checks along the area just outside the train and before going into the Palace Museum or at the Tian’anmen Square. Getting inside the Imperial City is only through the Southern Gate, which is also called Wumen, or the Meridian Gate. The Tiananmen, or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, is the monumental entrance under the famous portrait of Mao Zedong to get to the Meridian Gate if you’re coming from the south. Forbidden City is normally open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, but it closes early at 4:30 pm during the wintertime. We reached Tiananmen Gate at 2:00 pm and we hurriedly secured our tickets so we still have time to go around. Entrance tickets are sold at RMB40 per visitor (priced at RMB60 in Spring and Summer) which can be purchased online, however, my colleague was having difficulty buying the tickets through his mobile phone at that time so we ended up lining at the passport window. The queues are extremely long so it’s best to purchase the tickets in advance to avoid wasting time and to spare yourself from the hassle and stress of going through a sea of people at the southern gate. Passports for foreign visitors like me are required for tickets to be issued, and I made sure it is always handy as it is being checked on several occasions before passing through the Meridian Gate. By rule, entering the Palace Museum is only through the south gate (Meridian Gate), and exit through the north (Gate of Divine Prowess). But the entrance gate in the east near the south gate, more popularly known as Donghuamen (East Prosperity Gate), can also serve as an exit point. From the Imperial Garden, it will take 18 minutes to get to Donghuamen, just in time before the gates will close. I highly recommend this exit route because on the way back, you can pass through the Inner Courts, Outer Courts, and the Inner Golden Water Bridges again minus the sea of people and you can take better pictures of the palaces, halls, gates, and sculptures without the photobombers. But you have to make it quick as the sun sets almost instantaneously before you can even get out of the Imperial City’s humungous gates (you may want to visit my blog page for the complete story of my adventure).
Written January 28, 2021
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Zarza's Travels
China368 contributions
Freezing but phenomenal!
Dec. 2020 • Solo
Visites in December and it was incredibly cold, so wear LOADS of layers. Incredible buildings, similar in style but with unique intricate details. The view from the hill above is a must and well worth a climb!
Written January 1, 2021
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Stephen C
1,055 contributions
See it to believe it
Dec. 2020 • Friends
This is a must visit place to see the grandeur of the old Chinese dynasties.

The attention to details.of the design and architecture is amazing. It's a pity that we are not allowed to go very close to the exhibits, partly due to the need to preserve the antiques and also as a COVID measure.

The grounds are huge so it will take at least half a day to tour. It is best to get a tour guide for this visit in order to better understand the rich history of this place. They also offer audio guides for rental. Both are available at the entrance to the museum.
Written December 30, 2020
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David Reed
2 contributions
A must visit place
Dec. 2019
Just a must see place when visiting Beijing is the Forbidden City. Definitly bigger than I imagine. It is a long way around to see most of the different sections.
Just loved it.
Written November 2, 2020
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David el'drego
Philadelphia, PA23 contributions
Overrated
Feb. 2020
The scenery is beautiful but we waited a long time to get our tickets. The second time we went there they said the tickets were sold out. I suggest going here when they aren't busy.
Written September 29, 2020
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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sun 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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