Forbidden City Tickets Booking
From CNY20/US$3 per person
  • 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:
Important Notice: The Forbidden City will close from Sep 21 to Oct 1, 2019.
  • Adult: Age 18-59
  • Entrance Ticket
  • Entrance Ticket + Treasure Gallery + Clock and Watch Gallery
  • Senior: Age 60+
  • Entrance Ticket
  • Entrance Ticket + Treasure Gallery + Clock and Watch Gallery
  • Child: Age 6-17
  • Entrance Ticket
  • Entrance Ticket + Treasure Gallery + Clock and Watch Gallery
Important Notice
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.
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.
3.The site will close from Sep 21 to Oct 1, 2019.
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.

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.
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    4.968 Reviews
    Posted on Sep. 22, 2019
    Fast and Easy order, but conversion in Dollar automatically.
    Posted on Sep. 21, 2019
    Simple and easy to use.
    Posted on Sep. 20, 2019
    Everything was good! Thanks for the service. Until next time.
    Posted on Sep. 20, 2019
    Very convenient.
    Posted on Sep. 20, 2019
    Excellent service. Booking was quick and the response was very fast. We booked tickets for Badaling for the next day. Thumbs up 👍🏻
    Posted on Sep. 19, 2019
    No issues, good service
    United Kingdom
    Posted on Sep. 18, 2019
    Needed forbidden City tickets on Wednesday and it was Monday 2200. TCG came to the rescue. Booked online on my phone in no time, paid by PayPal no worries, confirmed in the morning.passport as ticket worked fab, walked straight in. Don't take your lighter with you, security will have it. Food and drink is available inside, take some yourself. It's v hot and shade is hard to find so be prepared. It wii be a very long day, pace yourself. We could only leave by the east exit, don't walk up past the lake, there is no way out up there at present and you will be sent back, its a long way. Wow its amazing, a fantastic gaff for the Emp! 😊...More
    Posted on Sep. 17, 2019
    Very good services. Tickets were booked on line and we just present our passport at the entrance. No paper ticket was needed.
    Posted on Sep. 17, 2019
    Very easy access with passport only
    Was handled very good
    van der Zweep
    Posted on Sep. 17, 2019
    It was very easy to book my tour and go on the tour itself.
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