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Taking a Forbidden City tour is definitely a must for travelers coming to China. We offer the following Forbidden City tours with different routes to help you get a comprehensive understanding of this great imperial palace and have a deep impression on Chinese history.
Independent Forbidden City Tours
FAQs on Forbidden City Tours
Can I buy tickets at the entrance of the Forbidden City?
In some cases, yes, tickets can be purchased at the ticket window on the east side of the entrance to the meridian gate. However, you might need to line up since there are always full of people. To maintain the Palace Museum, there is a daily limit on the number of visitors during peak seasons, tickets are easily sold out online during that time and you will not be able to get one at the entrance either. Therefore, we highly recommend you book it online in advance to assure the availability.
How much time is required for visiting the Forbidden City?
The Forbidden City is very large, so it is difficult to visit all in a few hours. However, you can choose how much area to cover according to your time. Normally, at least 2 hours inside is required for the main sites. If you have ample time, you can visit more for 3 to 4 hours in total, or even a whole day if you are really interested in it.
Does Forbidden City open daily?
It opens daily except for Mondays.
Do I need a tour guide for visiting the Forbidden City?
Definitely Yes. The Forbidden City used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and it has rich cultural and historical relics. Without a professional guide, you may not be able to understand what you are seeing. The tour guide will explain to you not only the sites, the history, culture, architecture, but also the imperial life of ancient emperors and their families. So, taking a Forbidden City guided tour will definitely make your trip worth.
Is wheelchair accessible at the site?
Yes, it is convenient to visit the main sites along the passage. If you are travelling with wheelchair, we suggest you take a private tour rather than joining a group so that the guide may take good care of you on sightseeing.
Do I have to bring my own wheelchair or I can borrow it at the attraction site?
You can borrow a wheelchair at the entrance with some deposit. However, the number of wheelchairs is limited and it is possible that they have been lent out when you arrive. So if possible, we suggest you bring your own ones or get one from your hotel in advance.
Is it difficult to find a washroom at the attractions site?
Not at all. There are many washrooms inside and you do not need to worry about it.
Is this a good place for children to visit?
As a palace museum, small kids may feel boring but elder ones might be interested in the splendid architecture and the palace stories of ancient China. If you travel with children, a guided tour will make your trip easier. We have kids-friendly tour guides. They know well on how to get along with children, how to explain the sites to draw their attentions. By the way, please keep in mind that it takes at least two hours of walking. If your child is too small, you may consider to bringing your baby stroller, or we can prepare one for you.
Questions & Answers
Asked by robert wight from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 16, 2020 10:33Reply
Is a visa required for organised tours
Answered by Lee from CHINA | Jan. 16, 2020 21:38
Yes, Chinese tourist visa is required for a tour to China.
Asked by PAVLOS | Sep. 12, 2019 12:33Reply
Hi, I would like to book a tour to Forbidden City between September 26-28. Will it be open?
Answered by Nissy | Sep. 15, 2019 20:14
As I know, the Forbidden City will be closed from September 21 to October 1, 2019 due to National Holiday of China.
Asked by Jane Ingham from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 11, 2019 01:23Reply
Can you get around easy enough with a wheel chair at The Forbidden City?
Answered by Cindy | Sep. 11, 2019 20:39
Yes, it is easy and convenient to get around the Forbidden City with a wheel chair as the path is smooth.
Asked by Harati from GERMANY | May. 21, 2019 05:25Reply
How to pick up the online booked tickets and enter the Palace Museum?
If one would book the tickets online for visiting the Palace Museum, how the tickets should be picked up? Does one need to have the paper ticket?
Answered by Sarah | May. 21, 2019 17:33
When you purchase the Forbidden City tickets online, you will fill in your passport information. On the day of the visit, you need to take your passport to the "Integrated Services Window" on the east side of the ticket gate to apply for exchange of admission certificate.
Asked by Muhammad Sohail from PAKISTAN | Mar. 15, 2019 00:17Reply
Forbidden City Entrance by Metro
I want to know about the entrance of Forbidden city, kindly tell me according to metro line.Thanks
Answered by Vicki | Mar. 17, 2019 18:46
You can take the subway line 1 to Tiananmen East Station and exit from the northwest exit and walk about 1 km to the Forbidden City.