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Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

  • Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Pre-booked direct entry to the Forbidden City; explore five centuries of Chinese history
  • Beat the crowds: No need to wait to purchase a ticket
Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
From US$9.25
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Access to the Forbidden City before noon time (12:00pm)
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Access to the Forbidden City from 12:00pm
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The Forbidden City is a massive, 15th-century palace complex that once served as the royal residence of 24 Chinese emperors. It’s also one of Beijing’s top attractions, with the crowds to match. Enter directly into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed compound with these pre-booked direct entry admission tickets to start exploring the former seat of Chinese power at your own pace.

What to Expect

The rush to purchase an entrance ticket for the Forbidden City can take precious time away from your visit. With pre-booked admission, use your passport to access at the main entrance, directly across from Tiananmen Gate. You’ll enter directly into the sprawling palace complex and start exploring right away.

Luckily, due to its size, the 15th-century royal residence never feels crowded, despite its popularity as one of Beijing’s top attractions. With these pre-booked tickets, you’ll beat the crowds at the entrance and enjoy plenty of space to admire the magnificent royal pagodas. Visit the Hall of Supreme Harmony, which contains the imperial throne, and the emperor’s private garden, where you'll find a peaceful Daoist temple.

During the Ming Dynasty, only the emperor had access to the entire palace complex. Now, you can wander at your leisure through the 178-acre grounds. Walk through five centuries of Chinese history and get a firsthand look at the sight’s intricate architecture, which adhered to the traditional practice of feng shui. 

Reviews (39)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
It was very easy to enter.

There was no need to line up at the ticket office, and I was able to enter soon just by presenting my passport at the entrance. I also want to use this service next time.

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Easiest way for foreigners to see the Forbidden City!!

I recently visited Beijing (my first time in China) with a friend and heard lots of horror stories about how difficult it was for foreigners to buy tickets to and visit the Forbidden City. I was lucky enough to find this service through Lily's Beijing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dani K
Reviewed 22 November 2018
This place is hugh

BIG crowds, long lines and hugh...Expect to go thru several bag checks, easy and simple. Dont bring a lighter, thats what they are looking for. ...give yourself plenty of time to explore. lots of bathrooms but bring your own toilet paper. lots of spots to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank john m
Reviewed 16 November 2018

First thing to do is find an English speaking, authorised guide. Without her, the visit would have been a waste of time. Make the visit very interesting, with lots of info we wouldn't have known, that were very interesting. The age, and the construction, was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 255118Tony
Reviewed 8 November 2018
not open on mondays

unfortunately the only day we could visit was a monday but we were able to walk round the exterior and see the front facade and as so close visit the square and museums

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank martyn s
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Response from 693Elizabeth | Reviewed this property |
You have to arrange a tour operator yourself by asking the hotel for a tour. And the tour rep do speak English