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  1. China
  2. Beijing
  3. Forbidden City

Forbidden City Ticket

Product ID: 198082
Explore one of the most impressive historical sites in Beijing and discover the secrets that have been hidden for centuries.
About this ticket
Valid 1 day
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Stroll through the former home of 24 emperors
  • Admire the paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics of the imperial collection
  • Discover the fascinating lives of the concubines and eunuchs who once lived here
Full description
Visit the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which was home to 24 emperors throughout the centuries. The palace got its name because it was forbidden to access without a permission from the emperor. Now, it is open for you to come and discover its wonders.

You just need to show your passport to enter through the Tiananmen Gate and access a walled complex covering 1,110,000 square meters. The complex holds paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics from the imperial collections. Discover the Forbidden City's yellow buildings, which is the color of the royal family. The roofs are built with yellow glazed tiles, decorations in the palace are painted yellow, and even the bricks on the ground are yellow.

If the joint ticket is booked, you can also enjoy the Hall of Clocks and Treasure Gallery where all treasures from hundreds of years of history are stored.
  • Entrance fee to the Forbidden City
  • Entrance fee to the Hall of Clocks and Treasure Gallery, if this option is selected
What’s Not Included
  • Tour guide
  • Audio guide, which is available in 49 languages and can be rented at the Meridian Gate

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• The opening hours from April to October are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and from November to March are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
• The last entry is 1.5 hours before closing time
• The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays
• You do not need to leave the Forbidden City before noon if you buy the morning ticket
• You only need to present your passport at the entrance and not a voucher or ticket
• Children under 6 years old or under 1.2 meters tall go free
• Please submit all the required information (full name, age, and passport number of all participants) when placing the order. Missing information will result in booking cancellation and you will be rejected from entering the attraction
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1124 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Interesting tour using an electronic guide (I think it was 40 RMB). Be sure to get an early booking as possible, we went at 9:30 and everything flowed along pretty well. The crowds were huge around midday. Take care to listen to or read instructions on the electronic guide as we didn't and it got a bit confusing occasionally.

January 7, 2020

It is very convenient, Passport is your ticket, just go on the right side of the entrance and queue. When you reach the security they will just need to check your passport and verify you can enter. Try to skip the groups. I do not know, but there were a lit of people who were queuing but without any movement.

August 20, 2019

Easy access.

January 7, 2020

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