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Forbidden City

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UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural SitePalaceMuseum

Official website

http://www.dpm.org.cn/

Business Hours

High season (April 1 - October 31) 8:30-17:00 (ticket sales ended at 16:00, admission stopped at 16:10); off season (November 1 - March 31 of the following year) 8:30 -16:30, (ticket sales ended at 15:30, admission stopped at 15:40). Except for public holidays, the Palace Museum will be closed on Monday for the whole year. The specific time is subject to the official website announcement.

Address

No. 4, Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Tickets

from USD 5.73
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About Forbidden City

A vast majority of tourists who visit Beijing for the first time consider the Forbidden City as a place they must see. The Forbidden City, known as Gugong in Mandarin, once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a symbol of ancient China. Although it is no longer China's political centre, you can still feel its former glory once you are within the courtyard and surrounded by the high walls. Its long history has left behind a large amount of precious architecture and cultural relics, making it one of the most important cultural heritage in modern China.
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Getting Around

By subway: Take the Beijing Subway Line 1 and get off at the “Tiananmen East” station.
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Helpful Information

Booking Guide: The Forbidden City has fully adopted an Internet based real-name booking system for purchasing tickets for the Forbidden City. There is now no longer a ticket window on site. All tickets at this point are sold 10 days in advance at the official website. Touring routes: Wumen (the Meridian Gate) is the only entrance to visit the Forbidden City from south to north, and the exit is Shenwumen (the Gate of Devine Prowess) or Donghuamen (the East Glorious Gate). After exiting from Shenwumen, it is recommended to go directly to Jingshan Park across the street, where you can climb up to Wanchun Pavilion to enjoy the panoramic view of the Forbidden City from above the central axis of the palace. Guide services: If you want to know more about the history of the Forbidden City, you can rent an audio tour or hire a tour guide. Exhibition halls including the Treasure Gallery, the Gallery of Clocks, and the Painting and Calligraphy Galleries provide free Chinese and English information. Free baggage check: The Forbidden City offers a free bag check service. The stored bags can be transported from Wumen to Shenwumen (I.E. You can store your bags at the Wumen entrance and pick up them up at the Shenwumen exit). Thehours for baggage check are 8:30 until 18:00.
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The Forbidden City is a must-go attraction for first time tourists of Beijing. This last palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties is a symbol of ancient Dynastic China. When you walk in this large-scale magnificent ancient complex, along the high red palace walls and among the peaceful gardens, you feel the glory of the “Forbidden City” in whole. There are many cultural relics, works of art and architectural gems in the Forbidden City. Most cultural relics and works of art are displayed in the different halls of the palace. One can see the Treasure Gallery and the Gallery of Clocks which are the most popular. In the Gallery of Clock you can find a wide array of mechanical clocks in peculiar shapes that are sure to open wide your eyes.
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Frequently Asked Questions

No. 4, Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Top recommendations for the best restaurants near forbidden city are: Fang Shan Restaurant ( Bei Hai ), Cafe de Flower, Qing Feng Bao Zi Pu ( Sha Tan ), JingShan XiaoYuan, Qing Feng Bao Zi Pu ( Bei Hai Gong Yuan )
These are the places that you must visit near forbidden city: Hall of Middle Harmony (Zhonghe Dian), Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian), Donghuamen, Meridian Gate, Palace of Heavenly Purity

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