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Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 10 8500 7422
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No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
+86 10 8500 7422
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Reviewed today

One must need a tour guide to know Chinese ancient history. It's a long walking and showcasing kings throne chair. Places they are staying. It's near Tiananmen Square. I personally avoid such visit as one need to walk a long and no shelter.

Thank Bhavesh P
Reviewed today via mobile

The Museum is placed in a huge and impressive building and should at least therefore be visited. It offers a permanent Exhibition of Chinese History. However, there is only Limited availability of selection of exhibitions. Be aware that a booking in advance might be helpful...More

Thank chsp01
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went first thing in the morning and a Chinese friend brought us the tickets online so we avoided the ticket queue. In a few months there is going to be an English website to buy the tickets in advance. At the moment the website...More

Thank John K
Reviewed yesterday

This place was so lovely and the combination of bright red building and the golden rooftop leave a great lasing impression. Also, its a famous landmark which had many tourists come and see. A must to visit if you are in Beijing!!!

Thank calitomadive
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I know that I should have liked this place more but it was very crowed and very hot on the day of our visit. It consists of a series of court yards and palaces which you can peer into. I had hoped to see artefacts...More

Thank Annie042
Reviewed yesterday

In March 2017, I went to the Forbidden City - Palace Museum for perhaps the 5th time over a 10-year period. The last time I was there was in 2011 or early 2012. The procedures are different now because of increased security. I wrote ahead...More

1  Thank blairkk25
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited with our guide which was well worth the extra cash. He brought the place to life for us, giving it some depth. Lovely buildings and a snapshot into ancient China. The gardens were beautiful for spending some quiet time, it was busy but...More

Thank joconn123
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the Forbidden City with my family. Before reaching the place you need to walk about 3 kms. Passing the Tiananmen Square. We were with a throng of people who were also eager to see the interesting "Forbidden City". Upon entering the massive gate,...More

2  Thank Grace B
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a once in a life-time experience for me. Yes, it's crowded, but...being there and seeing so many Chinese people enjoying their history and taking pictures with us b/c Westerners are so unusual for many of the Chinese tourists from the countryside was an...More

1  Thank crosscreek7
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are interested in Chinese ancient history this is the right place to visit. Get an automated audio guide which tells you the details of each part of the palace that you entered or you may get lost ;)

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How much is the admission charge if you go on your own?
May 9, 2017|
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Response from LilyChenTeli | Reviewed this property |
generally it is 50cny /person, ticketing desks are in front of the entrance. Sometimes, there are different exhibitions held, ticket prices can vary.
Marcela Z
How much does it cost?
April 4, 2017|
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Response from lance_humphreys | Reviewed this property |
April 1st - October 31st: 60 yuan November 1st - March 31st: 40 yuan
Matthew F
Hey! read your review! it was great. My wife & I are heading over to Beijing next week and I have a few questions! 1. What time did you guys arrive at the Forbidden City? (we want to avoid the mass crowds and lines) 2. Are you able to do your own thing once inside? Or do you have to follow a tour guide? 3. Why not take the taxi's outside the city? is there a reason? Anything else you could recommend, and perhaps other attractions too! thanks, Matt
March 4, 2017|
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Response from 2012Esa | Reviewed this property |
Go early in the morning and follow the guide. We were taken to the place in a bus.