Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing


The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace, which is now a museum. The palace was a home to different dynasties of Chinese Еmpire between 1420 and 1912. There are over 980 buildings in the area of 72 hectares. The buildings are examples of traditional Chinese architecture. It is included in the list of UNESCO heritages.
The forbidden city now is the most visited museum in China. The collection consists of 1.17 million pieces of art, all from the personal imperial archive. The most valuable items are the rare books and historical documents, including government documents of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The exhibitions include also paintings, Ceramics and palace artefacts.The tickets are around $10

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Open Hours:

  • Tue

    08:30 - 15:30

  • Wed

    08:30 - 15:30

  • Thu

    08:30 - 15:30

  • Fri

    08:30 - 15:30

  • Sat

    08:30 - 15:30

  • Sun

    08:30 - 15:30

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  • Wild Sunflower

    - 26 August 2018 -

    Horrible visitor service. I ordered my tickets of The Forbidden City by my passport online at their official website. The official website claims I need to pick up my tickets at a ticket booth near the main entrance at the time I planned to visit. I waited in a line more than 40 minutes in a pouring rain to pick up my tickets at a window of a ticket booth. When it was my turn to pick up my tickets, the person in the booth told me, I didn’t need to pick up my tickets, all I need to do was just showing my passport at the main entrance!!! Horrible place! Also the place is over crowded. I didn’t enjoy my vacation during in Beijing.

  • Marco Domizio

    - 25 August 2018 -

    This palace is impressive and should not be missed when visiting Beijing. It is composed of a series of courtyards around which are located the main buildings. The central ones, the more imposing, were used by the emperors for ceremonial functions while the ones located on the far sides is where they used to live with their court and concubines. You can buy the tickets on line but be aware that you will need your passport to enter: security checks are very strict. You can also buy the tickets there but, in this case, it is better if you go very early in the morning or you could be at risk of not getting them

  • Jacob Brown

    - 24 August 2018 -

    Very popular and full of tourists, but don’t miss this attraction because of that. It’s popular for a reason. Historic grounds, sprawling courtyards and grand vistas of ancients buildings and cultures. Even with the crowds, you can sense it’s cultural impact on this ancient land. It is full of separate museums that are worth viewing, and you can spend as long as you want in each of them. There are guided tours, we opted to go without, and still were overwhelmed with sights and information. We spent about 4 hours here, but could have easily spent more time (or less, if you’re in a rush and don’t have half a day).

  • Mark Smith

    - 15 August 2018 -

    The Palace Museum or "Forbidden City" is an absolutely massive complex (the maps do not do it justice) of stunningly detailed historic Chinese architecture built for royalty. It mainly consists of a number of massive courtyards, with similar huge buildings along the central axis, and a series of smaller courtyards to ether side each with a slightly different feel and architectural style. It is a one way tour, as you can ONLY access the complex through the southern gates and exit through the northern gates, but once in you can explore at will (although much easier to move with the huge crowds than against them). You don't need to book this as a trip through a tour guide, as it's perfectly easy to do yourselves, but please remember to bring your passport as a foreigner or you WON'T GET IN!!

  • Christian Wansing

    - 03 August 2018 -

    It is a nice place for sightseeing and definitely a must do in Beijing. But beyond the historic importance of this place it was quite boring. There’s not much to do besides walking and taking photos. In my opinion the Summer Palace and the Great Wall are better. Foreign visitors have to register their passports to the right after the first entrance to gain access to the inner museum. It is recommended to go there early in the morning to avoid the crowds at the security check before you are allowed to enter.

  • Jay Marshall

    - 20 July 2018 -

    The Forbidden City itself is huge and can be a slow burn due to the mass of people. It is definitely worth seeing once, but I would suggest it is a one time thing. I suppose without crowds it would be better. I heard from the locals that it is MUCH quieter during the winter and so I'd suggest timing your trip accordingly if possible. Whilst there, I witnessed at least three occasions where mother's would drop the trousers of their children and let them defecate on the floor of the Forbidden City. My advice would be watch where you step.

  • Christian Wansing

    - 17 July 2018 -

    It is a nice place for sightseeing and definitely a must do in Beijing. But beyond the historic importance of this place it was quite boring. There’s not much to do besides walking and taking photos. In my opinion the Summer Palace and the Great Wall are better. Foreign visitors have to register their passports to the right after the first entrance to gain entrance to the inner museum.

  • Harold Ng

    - 16 July 2018 -

    It looks grand and majestic as you were finding out about it beforehand. Many people wants to go there but when u get there. Some may not like it. For me it was quite boring. My low expectations was met when I went there. Not much to do at there. Can't really appreciate it but the place to very nice over there. Very rich heritage all around. Great significance to china. Quite fun over there for me too. I went with a tour group by the way.

  • Caterina Bassano

    - 14 July 2018 -

    Access is challenging but well worth the effort! The forbidden city is fantastic but getting there was confusing. We had to show passports to enter Tiananmen Square first (access is free, just follow the crowds through security scans). Following the crowds in the square we ended up entering the mausoleum, which didn't really interest us. Finally found the entrance to the Forbidden city, there are signs to buy tickets online but there is also an office to buy with cash (again you need your passport for this). The Palace Museum is amazing, very long walks along stunning buildings and the imperial gardens at the end (north) are truly wonderful.

  • Mary Owens

    - 11 July 2018 -

    It is a fascinating place, the history is rich. Employees appear not to speak other than Chinese so you have to have patience. It is worth visiting. There is a subway train that is very close to the museum. Using public transportation for getting there is very efficient.

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