Forbidden CityNearby City
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. (Local time)
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.