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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Admission TicketActivity ID16273552
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Discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most intriguing ancient treasures

Located in the heart of Beijing, the palace embodies over 700 years of ancient architecture, culture, and history

Be lost inside a sprawling a maze of almost 9,000 rooms where Ming and Qing imperial families passed their days

Explore paintings, bronze, sculptures and some of China’s most precious artifacts

Spend the whole day immersed in Chinese history - the National Museum of China, Mao's Mausoleum, and Tiananmen Square are all just a short walk away

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No trip to Beijing is complete without a journey into the Forbidden City. Experience one of China's national treasures when you step inside this expansive palace complex. Home to two dynasties of imperial rule, this was the center of administration until the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty in 1911. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Forbidden City is one of the world’s best-preserved ancient palaces.

While mere mortals would have faced severe punishment for stepping inside the palace gates during dynastic rule, the palace now welcomes more than 15 million visitors per year. Step inside to explore over 700 years of history and uncover a sprawling, intricate maze of pathways, courtyards and buildings. With almost 9,000 rooms, its sheer size is simply incredible.

Explore the grounds and see the luxurious life led by the imperial families of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The palace is composed of the inner court, where the families handled daily affairs and kept their living quarters; and the outer court, where the emperors held banquets, important events, and imperial examinations. Aside from the courts, you’ll stumble upon elegant and ornate gardens where family members would have strolled to pass the time.

Get an in-depth understanding of the history behind the Forbidden City at the permanent exhibitions, including "Chongqing Empress Dowager Special Exhibition" and "Forbidden City Architectural Art Exhibition".

Since the palace grounds are situated next to several of Beijing’s famous cultural attractions, it’s easy to spend the whole day immersed in the magic of ancient China. Tiananmen Square, the National Museum of China, and Mao’s Mausoleum are all a short walk from the Forbidden City, so get ready for an unforgettable day of discovery that’s essential to any China trip.

Address: 4 Jingshan Front Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Opening Time: 

Peak season (April 1 to October 31): 8:30-17:00

Morning session: 08:30-12:00

Afternoon session: 12:00-16:00

Off season (November 1 to March 31): 08:30-16:30

Morning session: 08:30-12:00

Afternoon session: 12:00-15:30

With the exception of public holidays and summer vacation (July 1 to August 31), the Forbidden City will be closed every Monday


Bus: Lines 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 20, 52, 22, 120, 728 or 802 to Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East; Line 60 to Donghuamen

Subway: Line 1 to Tiananmen East or Tiananmen West Stations


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Redemption Location: Ticket Service Office on the east side of the ticket gate

Redemption Time: peak season (April 1 to October 31): 8:30–17:00; off season (November 1 to March 31): 08:30–16:30

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Adult: Age 18+

Child: Age 6 to 17

Free admission for children 6 or under/1.2m or under Free-admission children must be accompanied by at least one adult

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