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Forbidden City Tickets Booking
From CNY20/US$3 per person
Highlights:
  • Skip the line to guarantee your entry.
  • Enter simply by scanning your passport, no need to collect a paper ticket.
  • A must-visit landmark on travelers’ bucket list.
  • Appreciate exquisite historical collection and splendid palace complex.
Select Date and Tickets:
  • Adult: Age 18-59
  • Entrance Ticket [Nov 1 to Mar 31]
    CNY40/40
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    0
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  • Entrance Ticket + Treasure Gallery + Clock and Watch Gallery [Nov 1 to Mar 31]
    CNY60/60
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    0
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  • Senior: Age 60+
  • Entrance Ticket [Nov 1 to Mar 31]
    CNY20/20
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    0
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  • Entrance Ticket + Treasure Gallery + Clock and Watch Gallery [Nov 1 to Mar 31]
    CNY30/30
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    0
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  • Child: Age 6-17
  • Entrance Ticket
    CNY20/20
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    0
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  • Entrance Ticket + Treasure Gallery + Clock and Watch Gallery
    CNY30/30
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    0
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Important Notice
Price:
1.Free of charge for children under 1.2 meters (3.9 feet), or younger than 6 years old.
2.Minors between 6-18 years old enjoy preferential price of CNY20; and CNY5 each for the Treasure Gallery and Watch Gallery.
3.Seniors elder than 60 years old enjoy half price.
Reservation:
1.The tickets are released 10 days in advance; we will book the tickets for you as soon as they are available.
2.Your valid ID/ Passport information is required for booking, and one person can only book one ticket per day.
Ticket Collection:
No paper ticket is needed. Please present your ID/ Passports at the entrance.
Change & Cancellation:
1.Free Change & Cancellation if sending the request by email 24 hours before the designated entry time.
2.After the ticket is issued, the service fee is non-refundable.
Further Reading:
What to Expect

The Forbidden City, said to consist of over 9,000 rooms, is the largest and best-preserved royal palace throughout the world. Serving as the seat of power in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), it was dwelled by 24 emperors in its history of over 600 years.


Wandering around the emperors’ home, you may wonder that you are in a maze of exquisite wood structures because it’s so large. Most walls and doors are painted yellow and red as they are considered as symbols of dignified imperial power and auspiciousness. Among all palaces, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Palace of Heavenly Purity and the Palace of Earthly Tranquility are the most popular attractions.

Besides the antique buildings, your eyes will be dazzled by abundant curios, like porcelain, Chinese calligraphy, paintings, clocks, and watches. You will imagine how the royal families led a lavish lifestyle upon seeing these articles.

Additional Info
Openning Hours

April - October: 08:30 - 17:00

November - March: 08:30 - 16:30

 It is closed on Mondays, except the Chinese public holidays.

Address:
No. 4, Jingshan Qianjie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
How to get to Forbidden City Beijing
Tourists can only enter through the Meridian Gate, namely the south gate of the Forbidden City.
 By subway:
a. Take Subway Line 1, get off at Tiananmen East Station (Exit A) or Tiananmen West Station (Exit B), find the Tiananmen Tower, and then walk north to the Meridian Gate;
b. Take Subway Line 2, get off at Qianmen Station (Exit A), walk north through the Tiananmen Square, pass the Tiananmen Tower, and then find the Meridian Gate further north.

 By bus:
a. Take Bus 1, 2, 52, 82, 120, Sightseeing Bus Line 2, Tourist Bus Line 1, or Tourist Bus Line 2 and get off at Tiananmen East Station;
b. Take Bus 1, 5, 52, Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Sightseeing Bus Line 2, Tourist Bus Line 1, or Tourist Line 2, and get off at Tiananmen West Station.

Forbidden City Tickets Booking FAQs

How to buy tickets to the Forbidden City Beijing?

1. Highly recommended: Use a ticket agency to help with the booking, which saves time and avoids troubles.
2. Second choice: Book tickets on the official website of the Forbidden City if you could read Chinese or you have a Chinese friend, as the web page is in Chinese only.
3. Not recommended: Buy tickets on spot at the Forbidden City, but there’s possibility that the tickets are sold out.

Do I need to book a ticket to Forbidden City in advance?

Yes, you had better book Forbidden City tickets online in advance. If booking with an agency, you are advised to book as early as possible, especially when you are visiting during public holidays. If you buy through the official website by yourself, the earliest time is 10 days before the visiting date.

Can I buy a ticket on the spot upon arrival?

If you have difficulties in booking Forbidden City Beijing tickets online, you can try to buy it on the spot with the help of the working staff. However, you are not guaranteed to get the ticket because only 80,000 tickets are available per day.

What is the Forbidden City ticket price?

Entrance Ticket: April - October: CNY 60; November - March: CNY 40
Treasure Gallery: CNY 10
Clock and Watch Gallery: CNY 10
* Children and seniors enjoy certain discounts.
  • Customer Reviews
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    4.872 Reviews
    Caroline
    Malaysia
    Posted on Nov. 11, 2019
    Easily redeemed the entrance ticket by showing my passport
    Max
    Australia
    Posted on Oct. 28, 2019
    Extremely easy, great service
    S. Luc
    switzerland
    Posted on Oct. 28, 2019
    many people visit fobbiden city day by day. i would recommend to buy the tickets first. very good service. definietly thumbs up.
    Karin Hein
    Germany
    Posted on Oct. 25, 2019
    I booked a ticket a day before leaving on my plane to Beijing.
    The confirmation arrived promptly by mail.
    When I arrived at Tiananmen Square and saw the crowds lining up at the entrance I was a bit worried. I found the counter for the online tickets, showed my passport and your mail and could go right in!
    Saved me a lot of time and stress. Thanks!
    I had a great visit of the Forbidden City.
    Kadir
    Germany
    Posted on Oct. 23, 2019
    Böß schnelle Abwicklung
    Luc
    Belgium
    Posted on Oct. 22, 2019
    Ticket reservation for Forbidden city in Beijing went smoothly. My entrance ticket was my passport. Although I had doubts it would work, I was admitted immediately after they had controlled my passport ID at the entrance gate.
    Saquib Mirza
    Switzerland
    Posted on Oct. 13, 2019
    Very convenient in all respects
    Alan
    Scotland
    Posted on Oct. 12, 2019
    Easy booking and collection of tickets. Highly recommend
    Roberto
    Italy
    Posted on Oct. 04, 2019
    Everything ok! ..only commissions fees are little bit high
    Joon
    Thaniland
    Posted on Sep. 30, 2019
    Everything was great and very impression.
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