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
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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
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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
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2-3 hours
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Eleanor
44 contributions
We visited during the 70th anniversary month and all the tickets sold out before 9am! We were fortunate enough to bump into an amazing tour guide called Tony. He suggested we'd get more out of walking around the outside and go through the Forbidden City gardens for a better view. When we looked down onto the city we realised why it was better. We really would've been shoulder to shoulder and not seen much, especially as most of the city is closed off to the public. From the garden hill we saw spectacular views and Tony gave us incredible cultural and historical stories and information. He also took us to places the general tourist wouldn't have known about and we ended up booking him for a 2nd day to take us to the Hutongs, silk factory, Summer palace, Temple of Heaven, and eat Peking duck,. Tony picked us up from the hotel, it was raining and he had umbrellas on the ready, he looked after us so well! I'd completely recommend him, he was so flexible and knowledgeable, friendly and good humoured. I'd done a ton of research and was ready to be the tour guide to my family, but our trip wouldn't have been as good without him by far. He'll customise the day around what you want to do and make it a day you won't forget. Here's his details: Tony Niu - tonyniu03@163.com +8613911825633
Written February 19, 2020
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Paolo
Milan, Italy12 contributions
I visited the Forbidden city on an early morning at the end of October 2019 and we have been blessed with a sunny day (really shining which I was told is unusual in Beijing) and a limited crowd of tourists. The place is huge but with a tour guide it took us a couple of hours to have a quite detailed visit, also because it consists mainly in strolling around from one building to the next. No possibilities to enter places. The initial part with the classic palaces is breath-taking for the vastness of the empty spaces (to hold the people in the past time) that indeed we had the privilege to see quite empty, though usually are full of tourists. I preferred the more cosy and secluded areas and houses where the Emperor's concubines were living including a garden on the opposite side of the main gate right before the exit. Overall a must-see experience that can be done efficiently even in a couple of hours.
Written March 15, 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK163 contributions
To get here you'll need to visit Tian An Men square first so you'll have to bring your passport to get in because they'll check it. After exploring the square which deserves a review of it's own, you can then take a tunnel underneath the road and arrive at the entrance of the palace; you'll recognise the image of Mao above the entrance. Once inside you're not in the full palace, you will still need to buy tickets later on and if it's summer then it will get very hot so you'll need some money not just to get in but also to get some drinks/ ice cream. If you're interested in Chinese history you'll be amazed by the doors, walls and even roofs of the palace since all of it is like a work of art. The palace stretches on and on and you can explore the main courtyards, the side tunnels and little buildings which have now become museums and shops. You'll see the vibrant colour and design of classic China and can learn some of the history behind the emperors who lived and ruled there; you'll even find the throne that they sat on, a golden chair with dragons resting on top.
Written June 14, 2020
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Bennett A
Las Vegas, NV36 contributions
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 July 13, 2021
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BettyG
78 contributions
Couples
We were planning to spend whole day in the Forbidden city. But when we got there, they told us they don’t have any free tickets, all were sold out. They have limitation of 8000 visitors per day, one would say it is enough... obviously not. They told us we need to go to one website to make a reservation but the web was not working - only some chinese words appeared. Later on one english-speaking lady told us the tickets are sold out for next 14 days.
Written September 25, 2020
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Zarza's Travels
China381 contributions
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 January 1, 2021
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Juan Toofree
Idaho28 contributions
My wife an me are from Idaho so we know about cities but this one takes the cake! When they say forbidden they mean it. You cannot climb on the roof which is forbidden, you cannot carve your initials on the walls (we were unaware of this and were severely dealt with) but who knew? You cannot even take a piece of the building with you as a souvenir which is ridiculous. I brought my chisel with me all the way from the USA and even though I managed to get a brick from the wall before I was told it was forbidden, I could not keep it and we were told to leave. We quite frankly were happy to leave and found a nice Chinese restaurant where we ate what I thought was chicken but then found out that it was bat. Who the hell knows when they can't even have menus in English. They have some weird writing style which I couldn't make head nor tail of. Where is a Wendy's when you need it.
Written April 13, 2022
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Teo ZQ
Singapore, Singapore508 contributions
Solo
The palace of the ming and qing dynasty. The palace is grand and majestic. The place is very big and will need a few hours to cover. Can only enter by the south gate. Security checks will be done and all lighter will be confiscated. All the lighters will be send to north gate where one can go pick up the lighter but it will all be mixed together and is free for all. If time permits, after exit the north gate, can cross the road and head up to jingshan park for a nice view of forbidden city. Entrance to the park cost 2rmb and if got yikatong(metro card), can use it to tap at entrance and no need to queue for ticket.
Written January 8, 2020
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Ray S
New York, United States183 contributions
No visit to Beijing is complete without a visit to The Palace Museum and the adjacent Tiananmen Square. ID or Passport is required to access the Square and Museum. Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the ticket counters just outside the main gate.
Written January 3, 2020
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Amit P
Pune District, India265 contributions
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 March 14, 2021
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