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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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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

there is so much to see and you really need a local guide. (not a government guide) to tell you the real history and how it effects today china. Not as well maintain by the government. A lot of security in the area that restricts...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Be prepared to walk a long way.Incredible place and another must see place in Beijing. Be prepared for lots of people.

Thank Ian F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A crowded place with many tourists. Can see the great place where ancient Emperors stayed and a place where they run their government or parliament. Big venue. Prepare to stay the whole afternoon to watch every single detailed rooms.

Thank denniskwan72
Reviewed 3 days ago

Amazing part of beijing. My only regret is that I didn't do a guided tour, as we had to wait a long time in line to get tickets but people who do guided tours get to skip the line.

Thank georgerinku18
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very expansive facility and fairly well maintained. Can get quite crowded. Lots of walking. Palace of the last emperor and about 10,000 rooms. Impressive stone work as well as wooden structures. Definitely a must see. Quite a cultural experience.

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Absolutely awesome, just go and see it, can’t be adequately described in words. Spend as much time as you can and take a guide.

Thank Wayne P
Reviewed 4 days ago

A must see, but best to be viewed with an expert guide who can tell you what the significance of the individual buildings was. Our Guide, Nick, was able to point out who lived where, what all the different doors meant, who was allowed to...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 4 days ago

To fully appreciate the palace you need a full days visit to explore beyond the main buildings. Having said that the usual 2 to 3 hours tour shows you the principal halls, the Emperors very modest living quarters and his private gardens. If possible climb...More

Thank chrisclapham25
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Impressive and a tour guide needed, there are English audios to help and signs in English too. If I am critical it is the amount of other visitors where you shuffle more than walk. Plan for a couple of hours and bring your passport. The...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Huge throngs of tourists tend to crush up in waves (as their tour guides address their groups en masse, detail the next site to be seen, and folks quickly scurry) to peer from the cordoned windows and doorways into the various Imperial chambers, banquet halls,...More

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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.