Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, Beijing: Hours, Address, Forbidden City-The Palace Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from A$12.92
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richiel747
Richmond, Canada323 contributions
Dec. 2021
The Forbidden City is massive. You can spend a little time there or spend most of your day there. It is really hard to appreciate the size of the grounds until you are in it. It is fascinating and the buildings are amazing.
Written 1 January 2022
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QueenMeerkat
Wiltshire, UK54 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Friends
I’m not going to lie, I really didn’t know much about this place before visiting.

The size is phenomenal, but it’s also stunning to walk around. If you clear your head you can try to imagine how the empowers would have lived here.

Truly stunning. Worth every penny.
Written 15 November 2021
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Charlton S
London, UK91 contributions
Sep. 2021
If you are in Beijing this is absolutely a must see. We spent here around 3 hours, was super busy, a lot of people everywhere but definitely worth a visit.

We've had a great day - just make sure you get to the park across the street and climb the hill for stunning views of the Forbidden City and all of Beijing.
Highly recommended.
Written 24 October 2021
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Malgorzata
10,740 contributions
Oct. 2020
Every time I'm in Beijing I try to visit the Forbidden City. The palace is huge and requires at least 4 hours to visit. A great place to know the monarchial history of China. A huge and beautiful, takes us back in time and shows us what it means to have inner peace of mind, you can feel it in every nook and cranny. Wonderful place.
Written 21 September 2021
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Bennett A
Las Vegas, NV36 contributions
Jun. 2021 • Family
The Forbidden City is an amazing place that you absolutely must visit, but currently if you do not book your tickets at least a week in advance you will not be permitted inside. They will let you pass through Tiananmen and through another gate, but at the location where you used to buy tickets they will usher you out if you did not prebook. Really stunk after wading through the mass of people for over an hour to be then turned away. You can book tickets (and pay) on the trip.com website or app, but it currently is over 8 days out, so we were not able to enter this time. Oh well. It is an amazing place, just not for spontaneous trips anymore.
Written 13 July 2021
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Amit P
Pune District, India265 contributions
Apr. 2020
It is a quintessential display of Chinese culture and history! Rows of buidings, rooms built for specific purposes. Tough only a small part of the entire City (literally) is accessible to public, it will tire you out just looking at that part! Your are awestruck even before you enter watching the area surrounding the City. It is very important you take a informed guide with you who will walk you through the City and tell details of each building/monuments. There is so much in there that even one entire day will not be enough. A must visit at least one in your lifetime!
Written 14 March 2021
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MRBP
Luzon, Philippines246 contributions
Apr. 2020
The area is astonishing but we met some scammers who kept selling us paintings and artwork and even asking us to use our credit cards if we don't have a cash on hand. June 2016
Written 4 March 2021
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josephine
Dubrovnik, Croatia2 contributions
Jan. 2021
If you want to learn about the history and culture of China, it's definitely not to be missed. There wasn't a lot of people when we came , we spent more than three hours here. We went to the Treasure Trove(Zhenbaoguan) , the artifacts there were the most beautiful things I ever seen, they are wonderful! I can't believe they're really made by humans. We also bought a cup of hot cocoa at the shop in the Royal Garden, they're really nice! It's only about two streets far from here to Wangfujing Street, you can go there on foot.
Written 31 January 2021
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Wanderlad
Manila, Philippines161 contributions
Dec. 2020
I visited Forbidden City during the winter season in December 2019 and it was my first-time visit to Beijing, China. The Palace Museum, as it is now more widely known, is located at the heart of downtown Beijing. And if you ask locals how to get to the world’s largest ancient palatial structure, you will always be told “just go downtown and you’ll find it.” It seems easy to go around the city as long as you are within Beijing’s first 5 rings since most of the tourist destinations you’d like to go to are interconnected by their 23 railway systems. Tourists and foreign visitors like me are discouraged to be going around in private vehicles so my colleague and I had to leave our car in the hotel so we can take the public railway transit to get to the train station at Tiananmen Square. Always get your passport handy as there are security checks along the area just outside the train and before going into the Palace Museum or at the Tian’anmen Square. Getting inside the Imperial City is only through the Southern Gate, which is also called Wumen, or the Meridian Gate. The Tiananmen, or the Gate of Heavenly Peace, is the monumental entrance under the famous portrait of Mao Zedong to get to the Meridian Gate if you’re coming from the south. Forbidden City is normally open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, but it closes early at 4:30 pm during the wintertime. We reached Tiananmen Gate at 2:00 pm and we hurriedly secured our tickets so we still have time to go around. Entrance tickets are sold at RMB40 per visitor (priced at RMB60 in Spring and Summer) which can be purchased online, however, my colleague was having difficulty buying the tickets through his mobile phone at that time so we ended up lining at the passport window. The queues are extremely long so it’s best to purchase the tickets in advance to avoid wasting time and to spare yourself from the hassle and stress of going through a sea of people at the southern gate. Passports for foreign visitors like me are required for tickets to be issued, and I made sure it is always handy as it is being checked on several occasions before passing through the Meridian Gate. By rule, entering the Palace Museum is only through the south gate (Meridian Gate), and exit through the north (Gate of Divine Prowess). But the entrance gate in the east near the south gate, more popularly known as Donghuamen (East Prosperity Gate), can also serve as an exit point. From the Imperial Garden, it will take 18 minutes to get to Donghuamen, just in time before the gates will close. I highly recommend this exit route because on the way back, you can pass through the Inner Courts, Outer Courts, and the Inner Golden Water Bridges again minus the sea of people and you can take better pictures of the palaces, halls, gates, and sculptures without the photobombers. But you have to make it quick as the sun sets almost instantaneously before you can even get out of the Imperial City’s humungous gates (you may want to visit my blog page for the complete story of my adventure).
Written 28 January 2021
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Zarza's Travels
China373 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Solo
Visites in December and it was incredibly cold, so wear LOADS of layers. Incredible buildings, similar in style but with unique intricate details. The view from the hill above is a must and well worth a climb!
Written 1 January 2021
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