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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 Admission
Access to the Forbidden City before noon time (12:00pm)
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Afternoon Admission
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. 

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1 - 5 of 12 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank akdcwl123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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

3  Thank jondoel
Reviewed 4 May 2018
the ticketing process does not work properly

I was rejected at the counter designated by Vialtor and they sent me to the passport counter, where they could definitively not find my online booking. They finally let me in after 30 minutes, just based on my good face. Not a good experience at...More

4  Thank Christophe D
Beijing-guide-Lily, Owner at Lily's Beijing Tour Guide & Car Service, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2018

Dear Christophe, Thanks for taking your time to share your valuable feedback with us, and we are sorry to learn that you had some issue at the entrance. For forbidden City Admission ticket, the attraction requires all participants to provide correct passport name and number...More

Reviewed 3 May 2018
A must visit in Beijing

Online ticketing is easy, however please update the portion on picking up official tickets prior to entering. There is no requirement to obtain paper ticket, just enter with passport! My friend and I spent quite a fair bit of time looking for the pick up...More

1  Thank Jocelyn T
Beijing-guide-Lily, Owner at Lily's Beijing Tour Guide & Car Service, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Dear Jocelyn Thank you for sharing your experience to us. Yes. the Forbidden City ticket system has been upgrated. Since 3rd, May. 2018. Tourist could go inside the Forbidden City with passport directly. Don't have to redeem the official ticket in the "Comprehensive Service Window"....More

Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile
Tickets bought at entrance

We joined a small queue late morning at the ticket office headed “passports” to the right of the entrance. It was no hassle. Our passport details became our ticket.More

1  Thank Jac002
Beijing-guide-Lily, Owner at Lily's Beijing Tour Guide & Car Service, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Dear Sir, Thank you taking time to share your experience to us on Tripadvisor. Our goal is make your self-guided tour more convenient and easy. The Forbidden City only has 80000 tickets a day, and must buy on line in advance with ID number or...More

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Abhijit K
13 June 2018|
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Response from Mojogirl_13 | Reviewed this property |
Yes we paid to have the audio guide. It wasn’t very much. They offered a few different languages. Then we could walk around at our own pace, learn about all the different things and enjoy!
15 April 2018|
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Response from martyn s | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is closed on Monday