How to Book Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Tickets from Official Website 2024

- Important notes, prices, how and when to book, step-by-step instruction, cancellation, visiting guide...

Securing sought-after and limited Forbidden City Beijing tickets was once a challenging and cumbersome task. But the good news is, to meet the diverse visiting needs of international tourists, the Forbidden City (also known as the Palace Museum) has recently implemented a new official ticketing system optimized for international visitors. Now you can efficiently book tickets on its website with only passport numbers and email accounts required.

Click the top right corner to switch to the English version, you will find helpful booking instructions and ticket inspection instructions, interactive calendar for date selection, and clearly listed ticket options. You can check latest available tickets, exhibitions, schedules, prices, order information, etc. and also we will update the latest news for you.

Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Interface Layout

Important Notes Before Booking Forbidden City Tickets

Ticket Price:
◆ General Admission Tickets:
April 1st - October 31st (high season) CNY 60
November 1st - March 31st (low season) CNY 40
◆ Optional Tickets:
The Treasure Gallery CNY 10
The Gallery of Clocks CNY 10

Opening Hours:
①8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Opening time for admission: 8:30 ; Last admission: 15:30)
②The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays except for statutory holidays.
③Morning session: Check tickets by 12:00 (noon) ; Afternoon session: Ticket checks start at 11:00 am.

Useful Tips:

1. There is no third-party sales and tickets should be booked exclusively through the official website to avoid fraud.
2. The visitor limit maximum is 40,000 visitors per day and the Forbidden City does not sell same-day tickets. So register for your visit in advance.
3. Passport for booking & entry and real-name reservation are required for international visitors for security and identification purposes. And only one ticket can be reserved per visit per day with the same passport.
4. To enter the Forbidden City, visitors must bring the original valid passport used to book their tickets to the Meridian Gate (Wu men), the south gate of the Forbidden City, for check-in.

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Access the Ticket System of Forbidden City & Sign Up

Visit Forbidden City ticketing website, switch to the English version, then click on the button of Sign in, enter your email address to get a verification code, finally use it to log into the system.

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Forbidden City Ticket Booking - 6 Easy Steps

Click on the button of Book tickets to enter the booking process.

1. Select your visit date and choose the quantity of tickets

Choose your intended visit date from the calendar. Please book your tickets at least one day in advance, and you can book up to a maximum of 7 days in advance. Then choose the quantity of ticket type. (e.g. standard tickets, senior citizen discounts, etc. if applicable)

Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Select Date

2. Enter visitor information

Enter visitor details, including first name & last name, country/region, and passport number. When booking online, you can book tickets for up to 5 people at a time. Just enter their passport numbers and corresponding information. When enter the tour site, provide the original passport of each individual.

Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Enter Information

3. Select exhibitions

Based on general admission tickets selected, if you are interested, browse available galleries and exhibitions on display for the chosen date, and select what you wish to visit.

Here we highly recommend you visit The Gallery of Clocks and The Treasure Gallery where you will witness profound national treasures with greatly low costs. These galleries showcase not just physical cultural heritage but also bear witness to the exchange between Eastern and Western cultures and the depth of Chinese history. For international visitors with an interest in history, art, and culture, this undoubtedly promises to be an unforgettable journey of exploration.
The Gallery of Clocks (钟表馆)
The clocks displayed here, mainly crafted by European masters during the 18th and 19th centuries, are not just timekeeping devices but also work of art. They showcase the advanced European clock-making techniques of that era and the Chinese royal family's high regard for foreign craftsmanship. These clocks often combine precise mechanical structures with ornate decorative artistry. Some even feature complex functions like music boxes and automata, representing a perfect blend of technology and art.
The Treasure Gallery (珍宝馆)
It vividly reflects the luxury and artistic taste of ancient Chinese royalty. The exhibits include gold and silverware, exquisitely carved jade, sparkling jewels, and delicate embroidery, all epitomizing the essence of traditional Chinese craftsmanship. This gallery is a rare find for foreign visitors interested in different cultures and art history. The collection not only displays the artisans' superb skills but also reflects the lifestyle and aesthetic preferences of the ancient Chinese imperial court. Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Select Exhibitions

4. Confirm your order

Then confirm your order details including ticket selections, exhibitions, subtotal prices etc.

Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Check Order Information

5. Check reservation result and make the payment

With reservation successful, select a payment method and complete the transaction within 30 minutes. You can choose credit card, WeChat/Alipay payment and also can apply for on-site payment.

Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Payment Methods Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Supported Credit Cards

6. Receive confirmation notification

With payment successful, you will receive booking confirmation by email.

Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Confirmation Letter

● Cancellation and Refunds

1. Unused tickets (including general admission tickets, tickets for the Treasure Gallery, the Gallery of Clocks, and exhibitions) can be refunded through the original payment method before 24:00 on the day prior to the visit, without being considered a missed appointment. Tickets can still be refunded before 20:00 on the visit day, but it will be counted as one missed appointment. After 20:00 on the visit day, no refunds or cancellations are allowed, and it will be counted as one missed appointment.
2. Ticket refunds will be sent to your payment account within five working days via the original payment method. Please check your account for the refund. lf you do not receive the refund, please contact visitor service.
3. If you miss three appointments within 180 days, you will be barred from booking tickets and attending exhibitions at the Palace Museum for 60 days, starting from the day after the third missed appointment.

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Useful Forbidden City Visiting Tips

How to plan the visiting route?
You can arrange your visit based on the expected duration of your tour, such as 2-hour, half-day, and full-day tour recommendations. We recommend spending half a day exploring the Forbidden City, as this allows for a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of its history and culture, while maintaining an enjoynable pace. After visiting the Forbidden City, we suggest a visit to the nearby Jingshan Park (about a 4-minute walk) where you can enjoy the majestic and charming panorama of the Forbidden City and Beijing City.

How to get to the Forbidden City?
Rightly located at the center of Beijing City, Forbidden City is easily accessible by subway line 1 (most convenient), by bus and even on foot.

Where to get convenient services?
You can click on the button of visit to figure out the position of service spots from the map, including Guide, Audio Guide, Service Center,Nursery,Shop,Food & Drink,Coffee,First Aid,Stroller Rental, Broadcasting Station and etc.

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Forbidden City Tickets Booking Online Service Map

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