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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Closes in 29 min: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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

We included this on our tour of the Forbidden City and were not disappointed by the treasures inside

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank janet150991
Reviewed 2 days ago

My partner and I visited the Forbidden City as part of our private day tour, which included The Great Wall, Tinammen Square and The Forbidden City. Admittedly, I do not know much about China's history, so I was unsure of what to expect. Luckily as...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank thebonbondundee
Reviewed 2 days ago

My recommendations: watch "The Last Emperor"; then buy an entry ticket, get a map and nothing else. As you walk around you can imagine the life; both the life of privilege and luxury, and the separation from the real world. There are plenty of English...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Rob J
Reviewed 2 days ago

While this was interesting, it did go on and on and each area looked like the area we just left. The history is interesting. Be sure you have a good tour guide to talk to you about the buildings and what they were used for...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gail3207
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

1. You must show your passport, so don’t forget your passport, a good news you also can show a photo in your cellphone or a photocopy. 2. If have a Student card, you obtain 50% discount at the entrance. (Should be undergraduate but sometimes if...More

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

When you are in Beijing you must visit the forbidden city. Very impressive and beautiful architecture. A busy place with a lot of people.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jonaswe1989
Reviewed 4 days ago

No trip to Beijing is complete without visiting the Forbidden City, an imperial palace used from the Ming dynasty through the Qing dynasty. You'll want to purchase your tickets online or with your hotel concierge staff. Your ticket is linked to your passport so taking...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mslovemoney
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There is much to marvel at the grandeur of the Forbidden City and we were lucky enough to have our own guide to make it interesting and informative. However as we experienced in India, many of the building have beautiful colours on the outside but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tyles76
Reviewed 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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
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Mary M
August 24, 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
August 8, 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
July 24, 2018|
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Response from 311melvynm | Reviewed this property |
Best to buy tickets on line with your passport