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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$9.38
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Morning AdmissionMost Popular
Access to the Forbidden City before noon time (12:00pm)
Afternoon Admission
Access to the Forbidden City from 12:00pm

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. 

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1 - 5 of 16 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Online Tickets Worked

Purchased online and printed the ticket. Went right to the entrance of Forbidden City but was denied admission. Sent to the main ticket window and they told me I could have gone through the main entrance. I told them no and they printed me entrance...More

3  Thank Robert W
Beijing-guide-Lily, Owner at Lily's Beijing Tour Guide & Car Service, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Robert Thank you taking your valuable time to write the feedback for us. Take the chance, we have to clearfied it. Tourist have to book Forbidden City ticket in advance, because it limited the numbers of ticket every day. To book Fobidden City ticket...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Very good!

Bary came to pick us up at our hotel at 8am sharp and we were at the Wall before 9:30am! More than a driver, he’s also a tour guide and assisted us with the tickets up to the top. We had more than 2h on...More

Thank Vincent Loic Be... A
Reviewed 10 July 2018
Bigger than you might expect

Be sure to get a good guide to visit. Lovely place to visit, a must see for every tourist. Price is reasonable. Be sure to stay hydrated and wear a hat. Not much place to take cover.

Thank Maryse B
Reviewed 20 June 2018

You can't go to Beijing and not go to the Forbidden City. So much history and things to see there. It is great for families or even if you go alone. One thing I do want to mention is that it does get VERY crowded...More

1  Thank akdcwl123
Reviewed 31 May 2018
This is the way to go

The ticket is based on your passport number. You go to a window on the right as you wander in with your back to Tiananmen Square. They validate your passport on their screen then you go to the entrance and they look your pp no...More

9  Thank jondoel
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2 August 2018|
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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
22 June 2018|
Response from Katrix9 |
Yes, you can go out by the North gate.