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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
From US$9.25*
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 today via mobile

Spent several hours with a tour group exploring the complex but given time to explore on our own too. A must when in Beijing but wear comfy shoes as it is enormous. Visited 5 years ago so time to revisit.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Nettetrips
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The palace is really big unfortunately there were too many areas under renovation including the residence of the king. No doubt it is one of the greatest piece of architectures in China.

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

We spend there almost half day, too much to see, too much people, and young kids, it was great to book a private tour guide, but if you are in a budget there are some audio gadgets you can rent. Nice place and it is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank werich75
Reviewed 6 days ago

chose to visit, again, during the Spring festival. Although the streets of Beijing were quiet and devoid of all kinds of traffic, the tourist spots are quite busy! Having easily booked tickets online, it was just as easy entering this 'Forbidden City'. I still marvel...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank alexgovender
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I strongly recommend you book a tour to visit the Forbidden City, in order to get a proper understanding of what you’re seeing. However, when booking your tour check where other reviewers are from...we booked a tour with a 5* tour guide whose English was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 157annabelb
Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Beijing is not complete without the Forbidden City. There is timed admittance, which is great as it controls the crowds. Suggest you buy tickets on line to save time and queing at the site!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BeijingEye
Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll need to allocate practically the whole day at this place (even if do not spend sufficient time appreciating its rich history or its marvelous architecture), as walking through this museum itself will take a huge toll on your legs due to its massive built-up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ekeat79
Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled to Beijing and thought of visiting this must go attraction during chinese new year. went through the security check and into the gate with lots of excitement, only to realize that No. 1, the Palace is closed on Monday. No 2. you must...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank masalatea222
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The complex is huge - be prepared to walk - but well worth it. The audio tour is quite good - without it or a guide you’ll not have the full experience at all. There are many little corners and details to explore, and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mountainsr4climbing
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Palace Museum Beijing aka The Forbidden City is steeped in the richness of culture. Good visit for all categories of travellers especially for solo ones. Spend a day or two with a guide or without one marvelling at the ancient works. All you need is...More

Date of experience: December 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