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The Forbidden City is a massive, 15th-century palace complex that once served as the royal residence of 24 Chinese emperors. It’s also one of Beijing’s top attractions, with the crowds to match. Enter directly into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed compound with these pre-booked direct entry admission tickets to start exploring the former seat of Chinese power at your own pace.
- Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants
- Pre-booked direct entry to the Forbidden City; explore five centuries of Chinese history
- Beat the crowds: No need to wait to purchase a ticket
- Wander the 178-acre palace grounds at your own pace
What to Expect
The rush to purchase an entrance ticket for the Forbidden City can take precious time away from your visit. With pre-booked admission, use your passport to access at the main entrance, directly across from Tiananmen Gate. You’ll enter directly into the sprawling palace complex and start exploring right away. Luckily, due to its size, the 15th-century royal residence never feels crowded, despite its popularity as one of Beijing’s top attractions. With these pre-booked tickets, you’ll beat the crowds at the entrance and enjoy plenty of space to admire the magnificent royal pagodas. Visit the Hall of Supreme Harmony, which contains the imperial throne, and the emperor’s private garden, where you'll find a peaceful Daoist temple. During the Ming Dynasty, only the emperor had access to the entire palace complex. Now, you can wander at your leisure through the 178-acre grounds. Walk through five centuries of Chinese history and get a firsthand look at the sight’s intricate architecture, which adhered to the traditional practice of feng shui.
- Admission ticket
- Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Please note: Passport name and number is required at time of booking for “all participants” upon booking
- Passport is required for all travelers on the day of travel for direct entry
- Please ensure all travelers' passport number and full name (must match your passport) is provided and accurate upon booking. Otherwise, you won't be able to access to the attraction
- The ticket is only valid on the day you book to travel
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- If children's height over 1.2 meters (3'9"), please purchase Youth Ticket upon booking (under 1.2 meters is free to join) Please ensure you follow this restriction upon booking. Don't be risky as Forbidden City will not let your kids in for free if the height is over 1.2 meters.
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We booked two tickets and only put in one passport. We got reminded that both numbers are needed so we sent them. In the morning they told us everything is fine and we can go on. At the entrance only one of the tickets worked and the other one got cancelled. Passport number that…
Response from Lizhiying, Manager at Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
Responded Jan 24, 2020
Dear Friend, Thank you taking your valuable time to write the review for us. When you booked the ticket, you missing one passport number. And we sent you the email to ask for another passport number. You replied last minute. When we got the confirmation, we did booked two tickets, one is correct passport number one is not correct, so we cancelled one ticket and rebooked another one ticket with the second passport number you provided last minute. And we sent you the E-ticket by the message. The only reason you can't use it was the second number your provided is not correct. Before you write this review, I suggest you to double check your passport number and the number you gave to us last minute and also you can see the E-ticket information on Tripadvisor dashboard message. We booked the second ticket with the number you provided to us last minute. Kindly remind all our potential customer, please double check the passport number when you book the ticket . The passport number will be your entry ticket. Regards Lily
It was fantastic and magical all st once! The place has an ancient energy very unique with a story to tell around each corner. Walls are huge! The most was frozen as temp was minus plus the snow had been cleaned away which created a different feeling totally. Loved the…
Date of experience: January 2020
Although it was super crowded, it is definitely a place that deserves its reputation and every visitor of Beijing should see!
I visited 20 years ago. It was so awesome, like stepping into a different world in a different time. This time I brought my teenagers and younger kids to visit. They ended up playing with snow instead. As it was so cold us them during winter, we had to hurriedly end the visit. …
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