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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
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Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants
Duration:
6h
Group size:
10
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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. 
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Admission ticket
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
6h
Additional information
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Admission ticket
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.5
100 reviews
Excellent
61
Very good
26
Average
5
Poor
3
Terrible
5

Jenny Goh
Singapore, Singapore209 contributions
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.

There was security check after the subway exit. Couldn’t get any taxis at the exit of the Forbidden Palace so we took a bus to our hotel instead. I returned in the evening with my husband and older daughter but we climbed Jingshan Peak and had a birds eye view of the Forbidden Palace during sunset. It’s nostalgic to imagine what life was like for the people who stayed in the palace.
Written January 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

beverli r
London, UK77 contributions
Friends
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 experience and will go back next year to see what we ran out of time to see
Written January 20, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

jondoel
London22 contributions
Couples
The ticket is based on your passport number. You go to a window on the right as you wander in with your back to Tiananmen Square. They validate your passport on their screen then you go to the entrance and they look your pp no up and in you go. Get a headset - it clicks into life as you walk along automatically. Don't spend on a tour or a guide.
Written May 30, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Felix
6 contributions
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 they wrote was "123456789" which is obviously not a passport number. When I asked the company for a refund they told me that the ticket was valid and I did not get my money back for the ticket!!!!
Written January 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Lizhiying
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
Written January 24, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

OCDane
Los Angeles, CA1,006 contributions
We went last week of August (last week of Chinese vacation, so not as busy they said)
Be prepared for chaos at the entrance if you travel without a guide.
We asked our hotel to buy the tickets online which they all knew how to do. We arrived for the early time (morning or evening times). we knew there would be a lot of people so we tried to be early.. a LOT of people had gotten that idea, so be prepared for a lot of people. It was pretty confusing when we got there.. do we go to a ticket counter to convert our online admission with a real ticket or do we just go where everyone else go and show our passport?.. the latter, showing the passport is all you need to do at the entry point (where you get screened). it is ONE big line so just get in there and dont let people push their way in front of you. and stick together if only one person carries the passports.. super easy to get separated. Dont let it scare you not to do this on your own.. you will figure it out, it is just a little overwhelming to start with.
Side note: if you want to do Tiananmen Square do it first or be prepared to walk all the way back on the outside of the Forbidden City as the exit is at the opposite end.
Once inside the Forbidden City you move with the hordes of people thru the 3 main gates (buildings) until the end where people seem to spread out to the outer parts of the city. Here you will find exhibitions of different themes and focuses. After a while it all blurs together as all buildings look the same.
Remember to bring water as you can buy very little inside. We spend about 3 hours there but could easily spend another 2 if we wanted to explore more.
We did not have a guide or used the Audio guide available (audio experience from other attractions were not good). Guide would be helpful for more historical knowledge, but not needed unless you want the details.
Written September 10, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Adrian S
Telford, UK13 contributions
The information on TripAdvisor is now 10 years out of date !!!
We have been told that the entrance moved in 2009 from Jingshan Front street to the south entrance off Tian’anmen square.
DO NOT GO TO Jingshan Front Street. It is a 2.3km walk around the outside of the forbidden city to the correct entrance and you will be mobbed by people trying to sell rickshaw rides at exorbitant prices.
However the Forbidden City itself is amazing and worth all the hassle!
Written March 14, 2019
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Lizhiying
Dear Friend Thank you taking your valuable time to write a review for us. About your issue. On the website, it's very clear. With pre-booked admission, use your passport to access at the main entrance, directly across from Tiananmen Gate. Take this chance, we also want to clearfied some important informations about the ticket service. The first, to buy the ticket on our webisite, must provide all the passport numbers,leave all the passport number in the same form is fine. Because the passport gona to be your ticket. If any number not correct(it's happened many times already), you won't be able to go inside. The second, this ticket is only valid for the travel day, any other days will not working. The third, with the same passport number, only could buy one ticket a day. That means, if your passort information is in the system during the day, you cann't buy ticket anymore. Regards Lily
Written March 14, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

J Mo
Houston, TX52 contributions
Friends
The sheer volume of people here is enough to set anyone's anxiety off. We were herded through the main gates like cattle and were directed to a specific ticket kiosk/station. We had to present our passports, but it was easy to get the tickets from there.

Once through the gates, we opted to purchase GPS guided tours, which were only about $6USD. That was worth it, quite frankly because The Forbidden City is just too massive to walk through without some form of a guide. The GPS guides automatically start playing when you reach certain locations, which is cool. This was not included in the ticket we purchased through TripAdvisor.

We had no one to help us translate, so it was nice to have the entry process taken care of beforehand. The Forbidden City only allows a certain number of visitors in each day, and most of those tickets are purchased in advance. We didn't want to risk getting there and not being able to get in. This ticket was a few USD more than at the gate, but we saved ourselves a headache in the end.
Written October 2, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Christophe D
Paris, France10 contributions
Solo
I was rejected at the counter designated by Vialtor and they sent me to the passport counter, where they could definitively not find my online booking. They finally let me in after 30 minutes, just based on my good face. Not a good experience at all having flown 10000km to visit the forbidden city and about to miss it
Written May 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Christophe, Thanks for taking your time to share your valuable feedback with us, and we are sorry to learn that you had some issue at the entrance. For forbidden City Admission ticket, the attraction requires all participants to provide correct passport name and number upon booking. If provided info does not match, your ticket can not be found in attraction reservation system. Based on your Viator Booking BR-642185635, we made ticket reservation by the name and passport number based on your request. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know a great news! From May 4, 2018, for people who purchase this Forbidden City admission ticket on TripAdvisor/Viator are entitled for “Direct Entry” at the Main Entrance. All you have to do is to bring your passport with you on the travel date. No longer need to redeem ticket at the counter of Comprehensive Service Window. In addition to standalone ticket, we also offer 5-Hour Skip The Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour on the site, and this small group tour offers centrally hotel pickup service and professional tour guide. We would love you to experience this great tour with us. Last but not least, Forbidden City only offers 80,000 tickets daily. It's very important that you have your ticket purchased in advance. Please ensure you and your party members' full name (must match your passport) and passport number is provided and accurate upon booking for the standalone ticket product. Thank you Lily
Written May 4, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sylvia G
2 contributions
Family
I purchased these tickets under the false premise that they would help cut line time. They didn’t. Nobody was paying to get in. The lines were for security. Locals showed their IDs and we had to present our passports. I would like my money back. This is a scam.
Written June 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Sylvia Thank you for this feedback. We are happy to tell you some information that the whole world know. Forbidden city is Not free. It's limited 80000 tickets per day. And in the high season, the tickets would sold out many days before. You would feel very lucky that someone here charge you very very little service fee to buy the ticket for you today. Otherwise, you come to Beijing from far away cann't enter inside. How pity? The locals to buy Forbidden city ticket should provide the ID card number and name. So ID card would be the ticket during the day. (Again it's not free, you have to pay in advance). That's why you saw all the people were provide ID card to enter to Forbidden city directly. The foreigners to buy Forbidden city ticket should provide the passport number and fullname. So your passport would be your entry ticket during the day. And No body would promise you to skip the line to enter Forbidden city. If you are the Donald Trump. It's another story. All the others would be the same. Enter from main entrance out from north exit. I hope when you see the reply. Please remove this review. The whole world would laugh at you. More tips for you. We can just scan the ID card to get on all the bullet train in China. Would you think it's all free? Thanks Lily
Written June 4, 2019
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Jorge
6 contributions
I like to have a tkt to forbidden city;what is the on line web side to buy it?
Should I buy tkts for temple of heaven as well or is easy to buy it when you inside?
Thank you
Written September 28, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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