Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

History Museum, Historic Site, and Palace
Dōngchéng qū, 北京市
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  • Alexandre t.
    "... the power of China's emperors."(11 Tips)
    Aiesha A.
    "Get a good shoes and a tour guide before you walk in"(6 Tips)
    Meng C.
    "Fabulous Chinese traditional architecture."(12 Tips)
    Jin Ngee C.
    "Crowded all the time and this includes the cold winter months!"(18 Tips)
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  • Sam
    SamAugust 8
    A must visit. Unless you're really up on history don't try to hit it all, just meander and enjoy!
    Upvoted Aug 8
  • Maurice F.
    This place was simply amazing. You have to see this historic place when you go to Beijing.
  • Eng. B.
    Nice place to visit for sightseeing! If you buy the ticket by your hotel concierg, no need to wait in the quo for the ticket printing. Go ahead to an office called invoice booking and go ahead
  • Lorne B.
    You'll have to have a mainland Chinese literate person with a Chinese bank card to purchase tix from the only online sales site. Otherwise, get in line before 7:30 a.m. for an hour wait.Take passport.
  • Faezeh K.
    Faezeh KmnJuly 10
    Buildinds are perfect but there is no plant or waterfall...
  • Andrew C.
    Such amazing architecture and unique history around the whole place!!! Not much to see besides walking around + there's a small garden too which is really cool... few actual artifacts or exhibits tho!
  • LiLi S.
    LiLi S.May 3
    Unique and amazing place in the heart of Beijing
  • Hazel L.
    Hazel LiuFebruary 15
    fantastic buildings and antiques
  • Andres E.
    Andres ElizondoJanuary 23
    One of the best examples of Chinese history. A must see
  • Christine W.
    Beautiful place. Make sure to make extra time for here. You will be wandering around for hours.
  • Daphne, Ui Jen C.
    Just so beautiful!!
  • Thomas T.
    Thomas ThommyDecember 18, 2016
    A must see even if you should no expect too much - one afternoon is more than enough
  • Rita L.
    Rita LNovember 20, 2016
    Great place to visit
  • Raúl B.
    Raúl Barrera MejíaOctober 18, 2016
    One of the world's greatest places on earth!
  • Kira A.
    Kira AguilarOctober 12, 2016
    Historically amazing place but crowded all the time
  • Osvaldo B.
    Osvaldo BaldiSeptember 29, 2016
    Amazing place!
  • Michele A.
    Michele AielloSeptember 23, 2016
    Prepare to spend at least 2 or 3 hours walking around it. It's amazing.
  • Jerry
    JerrySeptember 12, 2016
    Very crowded, be there early and do not go on weekends
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CavadaSeptember 9, 2016
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonAugust 17, 2016
    Explore the ForbiddenCity, it was the home of emperors during Ming and Qing dynasty, which stands on the north side of Tiananmen Square.
  • Egemen A.
    Egemen AltanAugust 17, 2016
    Its good but too big and not so interesting after some time it gets boring but definitely a must see for only once
  • Julio V.
    Julio VillarespeJune 28, 2016
    Best of Beijing
  • Nur hafid M.
    Nur hafid MohadiJune 28, 2016
    A must go place in Beijing. Avoid going on the weekends. There's discount for local university student. Find your own solo spot and don't follow the crowd!
  • Jason L.
    Jason LimJune 25, 2016
    A definite must see. You will feel the wow! And not to mention.
    ANYDOKOJune 22, 2016
    You will need your passport to enter
  • Soroush 苏.
    Soroush 苏儒石June 18, 2016
    Bring water! A place of historical importance to the country. Great views, Unfortunately it is very crowded during the day and you can't enter the historic buildings for obvious reasons.
  • Arthur S.
    Arthur StoyakovJune 1, 2016
    After you enter the palace, there is no way back, you have to use the special exit and walk around to see other place.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanMay 7, 2016
    On holidays it's packed - avoid at all costs.
  • Cesar G.
    Cesar GutierrezMay 3, 2016
    Ve descansado!
  • Andy S.
    Andy SengApril 17, 2016
    Really gorgeous palace and full of power in the building structures
  • Sundi B.
    Sundi BaluMarch 27, 2016
    Chinese architecture
  • Conrad Hotels & Resorts
    Experience history at this ancient imperial palace. Read more
  • Els D.
    Els D.March 17, 2016
    Be prepared for the masses...
  • Sherry J.
    Sherry JuFebruary 25, 2016
    Find some less touristy spots and take amazing photos. ✌🏻️
  • Bibishi N.
    Bibishi NuFebruary 16, 2016
    It's "must" when you are in Beijing, won't be disappointed
  • Olivia Y.
    Olivia YangFebruary 11, 2016
    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.
  • JK
    JKFebruary 8, 2016
    Home of emperors for almost 500 years.
  • Fatima
    FatimaJanuary 19, 2016
    Historical place
  • Diego G.
    Diego GarciaJanuary 6, 2016
    Amazing! Need passport to purchase the ticket.
  • Yoga A.
    Yoga AcuyongDecember 24, 2015
    Wear comfy shoes it will be a very long walk.
  • Amy S.
    Amy SullivanDecember 20, 2015
    Have fun taking pictures. If you want perfect ones, buy a book. There are a lot of details to notice along the way.
  • MAC
    MACDecember 13, 2015
    Awesome place to walk through 700 years of Chinese history
  • Jin Ngee C.
    Jin Ngee ChiaNovember 14, 2015
    Crowded all the time and this includes the cold winter months!
  • Maritza V.
    Maritza VNovember 1, 2015
    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.
  • Francesco Paolo F.
    Francesco Paolo FumarolaOctober 21, 2015
    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
  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerOctober 4, 2015
    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.
  • NewYork M.
    NewYork MedicalSeptember 29, 2015
    We had the honored to be have dinner at the people's congress, wonderful experience
  • Jíťa 🐉 Ř.
    Jíťa 🐉 ŘíhůSeptember 24, 2015
    Closed on Mondays
  • Bo L.
    Bo LiebmanSeptember 19, 2015
    Little crazy trying to get in, and a little confusing to get around inside
  • Christina L.
    Christina LiAugust 22, 2015
    A must see in China. Best to arrive at 8am for tickets. Opens from 8:30, gets very busy after 10am. Very crowded usually.
  • Francisco L.
    Francisco LopezJuly 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing site! Beautiful and huge!
  • Alban N.
    Alban NogaretJuly 28, 2015
    Amazing but crowded. A major venue for every firstimers in beijing
  • Aiesha A.
    Aiesha AdnanJuly 23, 2015
    There are 9999.5 rooms. Excellent architecture. Get a good shoes and a tour guide before you walk in
  • Abu S.
    Abu SJuly 22, 2015
    Very crowded... but the place is very big so you still can have fun here..
  • Winnie
    WinnieJuly 21, 2015
    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
    WinnieJuly 21, 2015
    The automatic audio guides are really cool. They start playing once you hit a specific location. Highly recommended
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 13, 2015
    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.
  • shuran W.
    shuran WangJuly 10, 2015
    Summer is not the best season for this......
  • David L.
    David LezamaJune 27, 2015
    Amazing architecture
  • Adi K.
    Adi KurniawanJune 26, 2015
    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.
  • Eric H.
    Eric H.June 23, 2015
    Digital scans of passports were accepted when I bought my tickets
  • MrTomCologne
    MrTomCologneJune 9, 2015
    A must seen place in Beijing- now way to forget it - impressive historical palace with thousands of years traditions
  • 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.
    Blaz TomcMay 23, 2015
    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...
  • Romina P.
    Romina PachecoMay 15, 2015
    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
  • Jim B.
    Jim BaileyMay 1, 2015
    One of the most famous historical places in the world, a must see when in Beijing.
  • Selim A.
    Before go there read something about forbidden city otherwise it's not interesting
  • Chris C.
    Chris CornwellApril 18, 2015
    So beautiful. Give yourself enough time. Lots of people. Very crowded.
  • Kojiba O.
    Kojiba OriginaruApril 14, 2015
    Very big palace
  • Ross W.
    Ross WorrellApril 7, 2015
    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.
  • Av. A.B.
    Av. A.B.March 22, 2015
    nothing special... boring but still a must see as Beijing doesnt offer many attractions
  • Von Adrian F.
    Von Adrian FloresFebruary 23, 2015
    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
  • Leanna R.
    Leanna RobbFebruary 17, 2015
    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.
  • Jyldyz S.
    Jyldyz SattarovaFebruary 14, 2015
    Go as early as you can and take your time to explore the venue. It is magnificent! Must see!
  • Ro L.
    Ro LandFebruary 7, 2015
    Nice sightseeing spot but only on weekdays and make sure the taxi drops you at the entrance.
  • Bulent A.
    Bulent AslanFebruary 6, 2015
    No Photo with the Red Army
  • Ali D.
    Ali DaylanFebruary 5, 2015
    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.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony ChanFebruary 1, 2015
    Historic Site in Beijing
  • Beata Y.
    Beata YangJanuary 25, 2015
    Not too many tourists in winter. ¥40 ticket.
  • Parisa H.
    Parisa HaqiqatJanuary 11, 2015
    Everyone that comes to Beijing absolutely should visit here, u can spend hours here n enjoy great architecture
  • Niklas W.
    Niklas WeinsJanuary 7, 2015
    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!
  • Tony L.
    Tony LiuJanuary 5, 2015
    Its someone home,ever
  • KP S.
    KP SchleinitzDecember 29, 2014
    Great. and thanks for the Government to kick out Starbucks. watch out for tipple off guids.
  • Ladybug .
    Ladybug 🐞😇💭🐼December 28, 2014
    Quite big and very cold during winter
  • Yuhang A.
    Yuhang AnDecember 16, 2014
    One of the most well preserved Chinese imperial palace which deserved a full day's visit
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁December 5, 2014
    Great gardens, best scenic views & its remarkable architecture surroundings.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GabionDecember 4, 2014
    Great Chinese arhitecture can be found here. Everything is preserved so you can feel a sense of Imperial China.
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliNovember 30, 2014
    Most amazing complex where one can get lost for hours in another time and another celestial dimension
  • Sergiukas G.
    Sergiukas GarciaNovember 28, 2014
    Amazing place, a must in Beijing
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole TayNovember 17, 2014
    Museum is closed on Mondays
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureNovember 14, 2014
    For nearly 500 years, the emperors living within Beijing’s opulent Forbidden City dictated who could enter and leave. Well, the gates have opened, and tourists are pouring in to see it for themselves. Read more
  • Elena V.
    Elena VolovaNovember 11, 2014
    Get there as early as you can! The queues are huge after 11:00. Get your photos and go away or this mess will get you!
  • Jono H.
    Jono HaysomNovember 4, 2014
    Yes it's full of tourists but you MUST see it.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UNovember 1, 2014
    If you spend one night at each room in this city from the moment you are born, you turn 27 before you stay at every single room. Wow.
  • Sophie A.
    Sophie ArenasOctober 14, 2014
    Closed on Mondays and open from 8:30am to 17:00pm. 60yuan for the ticket. Such a big place you will need the whole day to see everything.
  • judy
    judyOctober 8, 2014
    Bring your walking shoes, get the audio tour, and leave about 2-2.5 hrs to wander around. Temple fatigue starts to set in around 2 hrs.
  • Katie
    KatieOctober 1, 2014
    Beautiful must-see sight full of history and culture. Many good opportunities for photographs.
  • Cris S.
    Cris S.September 24, 2014
    That girl at the entrance offering you a shortcut and wanting to show you a calligraphy expo? It's a scam... Careful!
  • Stefania M.
    Stefania MazzoliSeptember 18, 2014
    Probably the first thing to visit in Beijing. Wonderful location, obviously very crowded.
  • Au Y.
    Au Yat SunSeptember 2, 2014
    A lot of visitor even on raining day and please be prepare to walk around 1.8km from exit to subway station as the queue for bus at exit is very long
  • Grivy I.
    Grivy Indonesia3 days ago
    Mulan. Merupakan rumah bagi Dinasti Ming dan Quing. Disebut "terlarang", sebab tidak ada yang bisa masuk atau meninggalkan kompleks ini, tanpa izin dari kaisar. Read more
  • Natalia S.
    Огромнейшая территория с большим историческим комплексом. На посещение можно смело планировать весь день (очень большая площадь для осмотра).
  • Liliya S.
    Вход 60, аудиогид 40 юаней. Аудиогид - штука бесполезная: не на всех локациях срабатывал, плюс из-за гула толпы всё равно ничего не слышно. Будьте готовы к ОГРОМНОЙ толпе, особенно летом в любой день.
  • S Y.
    S YusopJuly 21
    Last visit 2004 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
  • Wilson C.
    Ponto obrigatório de visitação.
  • Bulent S.
    Deep History 🇨🇳
  • Nana N.
    Nana NorhanaFebruary 12
    Bawa bekal n semangat otot kaki yang kuat yea. Mencabar betul kena beratur n explore seluruh museum👍🏼
  • shy t.
    shy testJanuary 16
  • Paco P.
    Paco PalaNovember 16, 2016
    Prévoir une grosse matinée minimum (et plus si vous supportez l'affluence). En hiver, venez à l'ouverture et hors congés chinois pour tenter de profiter de quelques heures presque seul. Magique.
  • Azusa T.
    Azusa TanimotoNovember 10, 2016
  • Gianluca F.
    Gianluca FiorettiSeptember 30, 2016
    la visita dura un paio di ore, da effettuare
  • Fernando C.
    Fernando CavadaSeptember 9, 2016
    Amazing Place, realmente espectacular, de dimensiones GIGANTESCAS. Lujo y sofisticación cuando el resto del mundo estaba a oscuras aún......, Chinos!!!
  • Young R.
    Young RJune 17, 2016
    그늘이 없음. 땡볕각오하세요
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PaniaguaJune 14, 2016
    Que lugar tan maravilloso, aunque ten cuidado; de verdad está repleto de gente.
  • Maria B.
    Maria BeliakovaMay 16, 2016
    Входной - 60 юаней и только через южные ворота. При покупке требуют паспорт. Внутрь дворцов не пускают. Всегда многолюдно. Честно говоря, сомнительная достопримечательность.
  • Maria T.
    Maria TrofimovaMay 6, 2016
    Вход 60Y. Территория огромная. Очень величественно. Если не любите толпы людей, то сходите в парк Jingshan. Оттуда красивый вид на Запретный город, много тени и деревьев и не так много посетителей.
  • Cesar G.
    Cesar GutierrezMay 3, 2016
    La guia automatica es suficiente para tener nocion de la historia
  • Julia N.
    Аудио гид не слишком информативный, рекомендую брать гида. Территория огромная, жарко, народу много всегда-лучше бронить билеты онлайн, иначе в кассах их может не быть. Спросите в гостинице-помогут.
  • Mikhail V.
    Mikhail VadimovichDecember 8, 2015
    Нужно увидеть. Мощнейшая энергетика. Очень красиво и помпезно. Берите аудио гид, не помешает. Туристы в основном только китайцы. Для них это особый день в жизни-увидеть запретный город.
  • Carlos F.
    Carlos FloresNovember 25, 2015
    Increíble lugar !!! Imperdible
  • Яна Ш.
    Яна ШевченкоNovember 1, 2015
    Билеты продаются только при придъявлении паспорта. Но покупать их нет смысла - внутрь дворца все равно не пустят, только чуть дальше внутрь двора. Бесплатно можно увидеть все необходимое)
  • Vivianne M.
    Vivianne MassetOctober 26, 2015
  • Tania
    TaniaOctober 12, 2015
    Contratar a un buen guía. Vale la pena por la historia. Y por que casi nadie habla inglés u otro idioma y las instrucciones para compra de boletos y ubicación son muy confusas para turistas.
  • Alon C.
    Alon CohenSeptember 18, 2015
    יש הגבלה של 80,000 איש ליום בעבר נכנסו 130,000. אז מומלץ לקנות באינטרנט או עם מדריך. בצד שמאל אחרי השרותים יש את המשרד וחדר השינה של הקיסר.
  • Екатерина И.
    Восхитительное место!!!
  • josephine k.
    josephine kimJuly 22, 2015
    미리 예약해야 입장 가능.. 아니라면, 가는길에 거는 사람들과 가격흥정(암표) 하는 수 밖에...
  • Сергей К.
    Ничего особого...( сотня одинаковых , особо инженерно не сложных и по современному блестящих зданий из дерева и камня...да и растянутые на сотню километров) не впечатлило. В помещения не войти.
  • AV S.
    AV SHJune 12, 2015
    Огромные площади, красивая архитектура и сад.
  • Olga
    OlgaMay 13, 2015
    После трех приходить не стоит, большенство выставок и галерей закрыты. В понедельник так же многие залы не работают.
  • Sofia M.
    Sofia MagalhãesMay 10, 2015
    Bem bacana a história.
  • Katiiii M.
    Katiiii MissApril 11, 2015
    مجموعه اى بزرگ از كاخهاى مختلف با داستانهاى جالب كه براى ديدن همشون بايد كفشهاى آهنين پاتون كنين ..تنها جاى ديدنى در پكن كه Farsi audio داره كه دم در ورودى يا داخل مجموعه ميشه تهيه كرد ...
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