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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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Reviewed today

We were traveling with our friend & his Chinese wife so we had our own guide. If you miss this then your visit to the Forbidden City is less than complete.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dwdawg
Reviewed yesterday

Watch out for guides who promise to give an exclusive guide through the imperial palace, in the end you´ll end up at a tea ceremony where they´ll try to sell off over-priced, bad tea! When walking the Imperial Palace area I was approached by a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Juke68
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great experience. Was approached before entering by someone offering to guide me through and translate the experience (for a small fee paid at the end). Really helped get a lay of the land and understand what I was seeing. After the "tour" I re-explored for...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Wardimus
Reviewed 3 days ago

Its scenery is truly beautiful and attractive,making me feel so excited.I assure you it is worthy of a visit!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SSSsupernova
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's a very huge royal palace I ever seen. A lot of ancient architeture, cultural relics, and beautiful legends all over the place. It's worth visiting

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Laura L
Reviewed 3 days ago

We followed doorways and lanes to reach pavillons out of the main block of the palace. They offer great views, a quieter place to explore and a lovely museum of ceramics.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Leona B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A must visit in Beijing! This is my 2nd visit and first for my kids - still as amazing as ever. The sheer size and architecture of the palace is just mind boggling with all the different levels of waiting rooms, chambers and courtyards. Leaves...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JohnSG911
Reviewed 3 days ago

The scale of it all and all the sybolisms and details that went into the design of the entire area is truly amazing. It gives you a glimpse of the benign culture that China lives by.

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

No words to describe such a beauty. It wasn't particularly crowded (it was Friday) so the visit was pleasant. However, the place is not well curated, very few indications of what you are looking at. The audioguide does not provide enough details. So, read about...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 609alejandroa
Reviewed 3 days ago

Loved the stories behind the city. Was a bit taken aback by the number of people there but it also added to the excitement of being a tourist

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rofhiwan2017
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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.