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  • Address: 4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China 100009, China
  • Hours: 8:30am–5pm daily
  • Admission: 40–60 RMB

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Forbidden City (Imperial Palace)

The Forbidden City is the largest palace complex in the world, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. Deemed off-limits to visitors for some five centuries while two dynasties of Chinese emperors ruled, today this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

Most visitors enter the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace, through the Gate of Heavenly Peace in Tiananmen Square. This entrance leads to the Inner Court, where emperors, empresses, and concubines once lived, while the Meridian Gate takes travelers into the outer court, where ceremonies and state affairs were conducted centuries ago. Galleries to either side of the main north-south axis display an impressive collection of imperial art and artifacts, while a number of gardens, museums, pagodas, and pavilions dot the area.

With so much to see at this quintessential Beijing landmark, many visitors opt to visit with a guide who can navigate the vast complex and point out its most interesting features. Those short on time in the Chinese capital can opt for a day tour that combines a Forbidden City visit with time at other Beijing attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace.

Insider's Tip: As many as 80,000 people visit the Forbidden City each day. To avoid the crowds, book in advance and consider a tour that allows special access to lesser-known sites in the complex, such as the Treasure Gallery or the Clock Exhibition Hall.

Practical Info

Arriving by public transport is preferred over taxi service, as taxis are not allowed to stop outside. Take the subway Line 1 to Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East, or catch one of the many buses going to Gugong.

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5-Hour Small Group Walking Tour: Beijing Tiananmen square and Forbidden City, Beijing, null
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5-Hour Small Group Walking Tour: Beijing Tiananmen square and Forbidden City

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This tour is perfect for people who love history, culture,architecture and museums.People always say:when visit Forbidden city, 70% is to learn the stories and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50
Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air, Shanghai, Walking Tours
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Beijing in One Day: Day Trip from Shanghai by Air

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Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Beijing Experience With Mutianyu Great Wall, Beijing, Day Trips
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Full-Day Beijing Experience With Mutianyu Great Wall

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Enjoy this 9-hour tour and experience Beijing's most visited place. This small-group tour, consisting of no more than 7 people, includes visits to Tienanmen ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen ... 
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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

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If your time in Beijing is short, take this full-day tour to see all the essential sights: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Badaling section of ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.99
Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Beijing, Bus & ... 
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Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing

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On this dynamic private tour of Beijing, discover world-famous monuments and experience local customs with your friendly local guide. Visit culturally ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00
Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace, Beijing, ... 
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace

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This private day tour is a comprehensive introduction to the most popular attractions in Beijing for visitors who enjoy walking. Spend a day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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5-Hour Skip The Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing, Beijing, Private Day ... 
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5-Hour Skip The Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing

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This ultimate Forbidden City tour will take you see 18 palaces including The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum (Treasures Museum). It will provide you a deeper ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Beijing Highlights Full-Day Bus Tour, Beijing, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Beijing Highlights Full-Day Bus Tour

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Make full use of your time in Beijing by visiting the three must-see attractions in just one day, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Tienanmen ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.00
Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall ... 
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Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

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Enjoy a VIP tour of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Beijing – the Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall Ruins. With your expert guide, gain special ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.90
Beijing Historical Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven, ... 
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Beijing Historical Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven

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Get to know Beijing and its amazing history by visiting three of the city's most impressive historic attractions: Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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