故宫博物院 Forbidden City

Historic Site and History Museum · Dōngchéng qū
4 Jingshan Front St, Zǐjīn chéng, Beijing, Beijing, 100009, China
Closed until 8:30 AM (Show more)
  • Tue–Sun
    • 8:30 AM–4:30 PM
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The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.


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    Alexandre t.
    "... the power of China's emperors."(10 Tips)
    Aiesha A.
    "Get a good shoes and a tour guide before you walk in"(6 Tips)
    Ali D.
    "Audio guide is helpful to know historical details."(5 Tips)
    Ariel R.
    "exit at the North Gate"(3 Tips)
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  • Andy S.

    Really gorgeous palace and full of power in the building structures

    Andy Seng · 2 weeks ago
  • Sundi B.

    Chinese architecture

    Sundi Balu · March 27
  • Els D.

    Be prepared for the masses...

    Els David · March 17
  • Sherry J.

    Find some less touristy spots and take amazing photos. ✌🏻️

    Sherry Ju · February 25
  • Bibishi N.

    It's "must" when you are in Beijing, won't be disappointed

    Bibishi Nu · February 16
  • Olivia Y.

    I was extremely disappointed. This was my third time here. It was so crowded that everything was blocked off and you were only allowed to peer inside. Make sure you come early to beat the crowds.

    Olivia Yang · February 11
  • JK

    Home of emperors for almost 500 years.

    JK · February 8
  • Fatima

    Historical place

    Fatima · January 19
  • Diego G.

    Amazing! Need passport to purchase the ticket.

    Diego Garcia · January 6
  • Yoga A.

    Wear comfy shoes it will be a very long walk.

    Yoga Acuyong · December 24, 2015
  • Amy S.

    Have fun taking pictures. If you want perfect ones, buy a book. There are a lot of details to notice along the way.

    Amy Sullivan · December 20, 2015
  • MAC

    Awesome place to walk through 700 years of Chinese history

    MAC · December 13, 2015
  • Jin Ngee C.

    Crowded all the time and this includes the cold winter months!

    Jin Ngee Chia · November 14, 2015
  • Maritza V.

    My tip goes for the families with kids. The forbidden city is not exactly stroller friendly but it is doable with a lightweight stroller. Buy tickets in advance and bring snacks for your little ones.

    Maritza V · November 1, 2015
  • Francesco Paolo F.

    If you've a Chinese pal,ask him to book the ticket online (he'll need to pay in advance with kinda Chinese PayPal).Collect your ticket with your passport at offices 31-32 and skip the first long queue

    Francesco Paolo Fumarola · October 21, 2015
  • Brad H.

    A true treasure, must see. Get and audio tour or a guide to get the most out of it. Beautiful and historic. Don't forget to find The Tree of Love for a great photo opp.

    Brad Hager · October 4, 2015
  • NewYork M.

    We had the honored to be have dinner at the people's congress, wonderful experience

    NewYork Medical · September 29, 2015
  • Jita R.

    Closed on Mondays

    Jita Rihu · September 24, 2015
  • Bo L.

    Little crazy trying to get in, and a little confusing to get around inside

    Bo Liebman · September 19, 2015
  • Christina L.

    A must see in China. Best to arrive at 8am for tickets. Opens from 8:30, gets very busy after 10am. Very crowded usually.

    Christina Li · August 22, 2015
  • Francisco L.

    Amazing site! Beautiful and huge!

    Francisco Lopez · July 29, 2015
  • Alban N.

    Amazing but crowded. A major venue for every firstimers in beijing

    Alban Nogaret · July 28, 2015
  • Aiesha A.

    There are 9999.5 rooms. Excellent architecture. Get a good shoes and a tour guide before you walk in

    Aiesha Adnan · July 23, 2015
  • Winnie

    After you finish, take a right and walk to the end of the street. Pay a rickshaw 30 yuan to drive you to the front (Tiananmen Square) so that you can take the subway. Impossible to get a cab after

    Winnie · July 21, 2015
  • Winnie

    The automatic audio guides are really cool. They start playing once you hit a specific location. Highly recommended

    Winnie · July 21, 2015
  • John B.

    Massive complex, you'll need a guide book, audio guide or tour guide to make the most of your time here. Head out the north exit to the park afterwards.

    John Booth · July 13, 2015
  • shuran W.

    Summer is not the best season for this......

    shuran Wang · July 10, 2015
  • David L.

    Amazing architecture

    David Lezama · June 27, 2015
  • Adi K.

    Would be better to visit this place during winter days. This place is huge but worth the trip. If you love traditional chinese architecture, make sure you visit this place.

    Adi Kurniawan · June 26, 2015
  • Eric H.

    Digital scans of passports were accepted when I bought my tickets

    Eric H. · June 23, 2015
  • Thorsten Tom

    A must seen place in Beijing- now way to forget it - impressive historical palace with thousands of years traditions

    Thorsten Tom · June 9, 2015
  • Tevfik Denizhan M.

    A must to do in Beijing. Even the sync of audio guide is not perfect, still worths to buy for around 40 yuan. Btw, you can't visit all rooms, saloons etc.. recommended.

  • Blaz T.

    Expect huge crowds during weekends, however everything runs smooth. Getting a ticket will take you arround half an hour (60 rmb/ person). During hot season getting some shadow might be a problem...

    Blaz Tomc · May 23, 2015
  • Romina P.

    Fantastic architecture. 60 rnb the ticket. Very difficult to get out of this place, they make you walk like 3 km extra, I don't understand why

    Romina Pacheco · May 15, 2015
  • Jim B.

    One of the most famous historical places in the world, a must see when in Beijing.

    Jim Bailey · May 1, 2015
  • Selim A.

    Before go there read something about forbidden city otherwise it's not interesting

    Selim Altunışık 亚曼 · April 30, 2015
  • Chris C.

    So beautiful. Give yourself enough time. Lots of people. Very crowded.

    Chris Cornwell · April 18, 2015
  • Kojiba O.

    Very big palace

    Kojiba Originaru · April 14, 2015
  • Ross W.

    Huge place and so many people but everything runs very smoothly. Explore the side alleyways towards the north end to get some peace in this otherwise bustling area.

    Ross Worrell · April 7, 2015
  • Av. A.B.

    nothing special... boring but still a must see as Beijing doesnt offer many attractions

    Av. A.B. · March 22, 2015
  • Von Adrian F.

    If you decide on getting an automatic electronic tour guide, just get one and then relay everything you heard with your friends... I think that's better

    Von Adrian Flores · February 23, 2015
  • Leanna R.

    It's amazing how expansive it is. On crowded days it's hard to see into the buildings. The garden at the end is the best part.

    Leanna Robb · February 17, 2015
  • Jyldyz S.

    Go as early as you can and take your time to explore the venue. It is magnificent! Must see!

    Jyldyz Sattarova · February 14, 2015
  • Roland O.

    Nice sightseeing spot but only on weekdays and make sure the taxi drops you at the entrance.

    Roland Obermeier · February 7, 2015
  • Bulent A.

    No Photo with the Red Army

    Bulent Aslan · February 6, 2015
  • Ali D.

    Spare at least 2 hours here even if you have limited time in Beijing since this place is one of the most significant historical sites in the world. Audio guide is helpful to know historical details.

    Ali Daylan · February 5, 2015
  • Anthony C.

    Historic Site in Beijing

    Anthony Chan · February 1, 2015
  • Beata Y.

    Not too many tourists in winter. ¥40 ticket.

    Beata Yang · January 25, 2015
  • Parisa H.

    Everyone that comes to Beijing absolutely should visit here, u can spend hours here n enjoy great architecture

    Parisa Haqiqat · January 11, 2015
  • Niklas W.

    The biggest ensemble of Ming-Qing architecture. There are several days worth of things to see... if you're only here for some hours see the garden and the Empress Dowager's House!

    Niklas Weins · January 7, 2015

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