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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Tours and Tickets

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The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum, is the world’s largest palace complex, 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, today this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

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Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm
4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China, 100009
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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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Being such a densely populated city, it can be difficult to beat the crowds in Beijing. This Forbidden City admission ticket is the perfect way to ensure you have a stress-free visit with no waiting around. Your pre-booked entry can be accessed by using your passport near the main entrance, close to Tiananmen Gate. You’ll then have the freedom to walk around the palace complex and admire pagodas and beautiful architecture.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.75
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$9.75

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$10.99
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$10.99

Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

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Choose this tour to be able to not just see, but also understand the deep history that lies behind the architectural masterpieces of the Forbidden City, the largest royal palace in the world. Without professional guidance, your trip to the Forbidden City isn't as insightful. This product is created for those who would like to spend more time in the Forbidden City to completely understand the rich imperial culture it has to offer. We will take 4 hours to walk around and fully view the palace complex, covering the West, East, and Central Line. You will be able to board the Meridian Gate, take a closer look at the elegant turrets, visit the museums, see the distinctive Royal Garden, and the Royal Family Residence, experiencing a valuable journey through the Forbidden City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Skip the Line:Forbidden City Ticket-Main Entrance+Clock Gallery+Treasure Gallery

Skip the Line:Forbidden City Ticket-Main Entrance+Clock Gallery+Treasure Gallery

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Home to emperors for almost 500 years, the Forbidden City still houses treasure from timepieces to jewelry. Discover them at your own pace when you prebook this combo ticket package. Online tickets, direct to your phone, allow entry to the palace, the Clock Gallery, and the Treasure Gallery. Choose between morning or afternoon options, with the chance to amend or cancel up to 12 hours before the time slot begins.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.30
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$12.30

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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The UNESCO-listed Forbidden City is Beijing’s most visited attraction with over 14 million annual visitors, and it has the traffic to match. This half-day walking tour ensures you maximise your time, with a private guide, pre-paid entrance tickets, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.00
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$74.00
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Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket

Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket

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The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) is one of Beijing’s top attractions, and the crowds it attracts are testament to its popularity. Beat the long lines of tourists waiting to purchase an entrance pass by booking your admission ticket in advance—a hassle-free way for time-limited to travelers to save hours of waiting in line. A digital QR code allows you to avoid the hassle of finding a printer, leaving you more time to explore one of China’s best-preserved royal residences.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$8.85
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$8.85

Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket

Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket

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The UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven—a 15th-century imperial altar, once used by Chinese emperors—is one of Beijing’s most popular attractions. Avoid the long wait for admission tickets and get guaranteed direct access with these pre-booked passes. Combo tickets include access to three different parts of the museum: The Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$8.85
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$8.85

Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

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Make the most of city sightseeing on this private tour of Beijing, which includes a visit to must-see attractions like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and more. Your guide provides in-depth information about each site's history and significance and handles all transportation, planning, and logistics so you can just enjoy your trip. A delicious Peking duck lunch and boat ride in the Summer Palace are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$214.00
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$214.00
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Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour

Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour

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See the Chinese imperial palace used from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty up close on this private, 4-hour tour of the Forbidden City, including special skip-the-line access. Along the way, you’ll also get to see Tiananmen Square and Jinshan Park. Please be aware that this tour doesn’t include transportation to and from the attractions, but your private guide can help you get a taxi or other form of transport (own expense).
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00
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Chinese Acrobatics Show Tickets at Chaoyang Theatre

Chinese Acrobatics Show Tickets at Chaoyang Theatre

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Head to the Chaoyang Theatre in Beijing for an acrobatic arts performance complete with colorful costumes and dramatic lighting and catchy music. During the 1-hour show, the young performers display immense skill, agility and strength as they execute gravity-defying balancing acts, contortionism, aerial maneuvers and more. This memorable show that both kids and adults will love. You also have the option to upgrade your ticket to include round-trip transfer from your hotel and VIP seating.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
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$36.00
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Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

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See three of Beijing’s most famous landmarks on a full-day tour that starts in the city and travels to the Great Wall of China. Start with a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, and walk by the monuments of Tiananmen Square, including Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Then depart for the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, riding in a cable car up to the ramparts then walking around for great vantage points. Learn about the sights from your informative guide throughout a memorable tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.00
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$172.00
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All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour

All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour

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Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), both UNESCO World Heritage sites, on a full-day private tour from Beijing. The Great Wall of China is one of the most popular attractions in China, yet the Mutianyu section attracts fewer visitors, which means you get a less crowded experience of this world-famous landmark. Then learn about the history of the majestic Summer Palace as you stroll through its lavish gardens, sprinkled with temples and other eye-catching features. Includes guide, lunch, entrance fees, Great Wall cable car ticket, private vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$188.00
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$188.00
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Beijing Private Tour: 2-Hour Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City Quick Explorer

Beijing Private Tour: 2-Hour Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City Quick Explorer

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Make the most of your limited time in Beijing and get a personalized experience as you tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with a private, English speaking guide. Walk through these landmarks at your own pace while your guide tells you fascinating stories of their significance. Choose from several start times to easily fit this Quick Explorer tour into your busy schedule.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
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$68.00
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Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

Great Wall of China at Badaling and Ming Tombs Day Tour from Beijing

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Discover two of China’s most incredible attractions during a full-day tour of the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs from Beijing. Accompanied by a guide, visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall and marvel at the spectacular scenery that surrounds the Badaling section. Then, explore the Chang Ling Tomb, a magnificent Ming emperor burial site. Appease your appetite with an authentic Chinese lunch and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.00
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$73.00

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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Enhance your sightseeing experience in Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most captivating sights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City; absorb the majestic charm of the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven; and stroll around the legendary Tiananmen Square. Relax during a scenic bus ride; purchase special souvenirs in the bustling Pearl Market; and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.00
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$83.00

Beijing Hutong Food and Beer Tour by Tuk Tuk

Beijing Hutong Food and Beer Tour by Tuk Tuk

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Eat your way around Beijing’s old ‘hutong’ alleyways and courtyards on a small-group tour. Explore by private tuk-tuk and enjoy several food stops at tucked-away restaurants and homes you wouldn’t find by yourself. Taste staples like Beijing wraps, flame-grilled meats, and noodles, learn about local cuisine over unlimited beers, and enjoy a stop at a local brewery. Come hungry: your tastings amount to dinner.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.27
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$84.27

Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

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See three of the top attractions in and around Beijing with a guide on this full-day private tour to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Private transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off is included, as well as entrance fees, lunch, and a ticket for the round-trip cable car or toboggan ride at the Great Wall.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.00
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$202.00
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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

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

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See all of Beijing’s cultural and historical highlights on a comprehensive and captivating full-day tour of China’s capital city. Stroll amid the majestic charm of Tiananmen Square; marvel at the imaginative architecture at the Forbidden City; and see the verdant splendor that surrounds the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Alongside your knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich history and distinctive culture of Beijing and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from selected Beijing hotels.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$87.00
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$87.00

Temple of Heaven Tickets Booking

Temple of Heaven Tickets Booking

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Enjoy an easy way to explore one of Beijing’s most popular attractions when you pre-book tickets to the UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven. One of the world’s largest ceremonial complexes, and dating to the 15th century, the temple is renowned for its striking architecture, vibrant interiors, and imperial past. Secure your entry before your trip, and upon arrival, bypass the crowds and head right inside.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$4.00
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$4.00

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing

Great Wall of China at Mutianyu Full-Day Tour Including Lunch from Beijing

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Escape the crowds around the Great Wall of China and visit the ancient Mutianyu section on a full-day sightseeing tour from Beijing. Accompanied by a guide, learn the history behind the 6th-century section and marvel at the spectacular natural scenery that surrounds it. See impressive parapets and defensive watch towers and enjoy an optional cable car ride if you wish (own expense). An authentic Chinese lunch and convenient, round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel are also included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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$65.00

Great Wall of China Small-Group Day Trip from Beijing

Great Wall of China Small-Group Day Trip from Beijing

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Enhance your experience of one of China’s greatest architectural feats on a small-group tour to the Great Wall of China from Beijing. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the ancient Mutianyu section of the wall and ascend Ming Dynasty watchtowers for panoramic vistas of the spectacular surrounding scenery. Revitalize with a delicious Chinese meal and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation to Beijing.
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  • 8 hours
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$116.76
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$116.76

2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour

2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour

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With a maximum of six travelers for intimacy and speed, small-group travel doesn’t get much smaller than this door-to-door tour. Say goodbye to long lines with VIP access to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall at Mutianyu; explore the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace; checkoff Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park, and the Beijing National Stadium; and enjoy two delicious lunches. Upgrade to add an evening Acrobat Show.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$198.00
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$198.00
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Private Arrival Transfer from Beijing Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer from Beijing Airport to Hotel

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Enjoy a hassle-free arrival in Beijing with this private transfer service. Meet your driver at Capital International Airport or Beijing Nanyuan Airport, and relax on the journey to your hotel or private residence in Beijing. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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$32.00
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Shared Forbidden City Depth tour

Shared Forbidden City Depth tour

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This is an exclusive Forbidden City tour where we go deeply into the Chinese History with our knowledgeable guide. We won’t miss any area that a common 2 hours tour does. You'll see mythical historic places with no rush at all, and getting the full picture with comprehensive explanations. No shopping stops Half day to deeply explore mythical Forbidden City Knowledgeable English speaking guide See the essence places of Forbidden City Skip the line Instant confirmation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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What are Forbidden City (Palace Museum) hours of operation?
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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) hours of operation: Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Forbidden City (Palace Museum) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Forbidden City (Palace Museum) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Forbidden City (Palace Museum) costs USD 4.00. Guided Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tours start around USD 4.00 per person.
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