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The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty for almost five centuries. Located in the very heart of Beijing, China, it is now most commonly known in Chinese as Gùgugong (Palace Museum). Built from 1406 to 1420 and surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat, the imperial complex consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms and covers an area of 72 hectares. The Forbidden City exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture and in 1987 it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, declared as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. Get to know much more about the imperial Palace Museum and then enjoy the Beijing tours including the site.

Forbidden City

Why to visit Forbidden City

  1. You can appreciate the magnificent traditional palace architecture, enjoy the treasures kept in the palace.
  2. Learn of the legends and anecdotes about the imperial family and the court.
  3. enjoy a visual feast of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese art.

Tourist sites in Forbidden City

  • Palace of Tranquil Longevity(Ning Shou Palace)
  • Palace of Abstinence
  • Hall of Supreme Harmony
  • Palace Turret
  • Hall of Mental Cultivalion (Yangxindian)
  • Well of Concubine Zhen
  • East Six Palaces
  • West Six Palaces
  • Treasure Gallery
    Ticket: CNY10/person
  • Clock Gallery
    Ticket: CNY10/person

Tips for travelling the Forbidden City

  • Bags can be deposited free of charge at the Meridian Gate (Wumen) and Gate of Divine Might (Shenwu Men) from 8:30 to 18:00 or taken with you after going through a security check.
  • Wheelchairs & Strollers are available from the tour guide service at the Meridian Gate (Wumen) and Gate of Divine Might (Shenwu Men), free of charge.
  • Tourist Service Center is located at the Arrow Pavilion (Jianting)

Address(English):No. 4, Jingshan Front Street, Dongcheng District
How to get there:

By subway
Ticket: CNY2/person
take subway line 1: get off at Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East Station, walk north through the Tiananmen Tower (Gate of Heavenly Peace), and then you'll find the Meridian Gate (south gate) of the Forbidden City.
Subway Line 2 – get off at Tian An Men East Station

By bus
Ticket: CNY1/person
take No.1,4,5,10 ,20,52and No.57 to get offf at Tiananmen.
Take No.101,103,109 and No.111to get off at Shenwumen(the Gate of Divie Might of the Forbidden City)

Other information:

Tel: (+8610) 65132255
Opening Hours:
8:30am to 5pm(Apr.16-Oct.15); tickets not available after 16:00
8:30am to 4:30pm(Oct. 16-Apr.15); tickets not available after 15:30
Tickets: CNY60/person(Apr.1 to Oct.31)
            CNY40/person(Nov.1 to Mar.31)

For an additional CNY20 or so, you can purchase an audio tour in one of many languages.This tour is world-class.The English version is done by Roger Moore (of James Bond fame).  Together with some sound effects he expertly guides you through the complex.Worth every penny.


Map of Forbidden City

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Detailed Map of the Forbidden City

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