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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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Overview

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.
  • Beat the Beijing crowds and get direct entry to the Forbidden City
  • See one of Beijing’s top attractions and a UNESCO-listed site
  • Conveniently use your passport to get entrance access
  • Visit the Hall of Supreme Harmony and a Daoist Temple
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: Passport name and number is required at time of booking for “all participants” upon booking
  • Passport is required for all travelers on the day of travel for direct entry
  • Please ensure all travelers' passport number and full name (must match your passport) is provided and accurate upon booking. Otherwise, you won't be able to access to the attraction
  • The ticket is only valid on the day you book to travel
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • If children's height over 1.2 meters (3'9"), please purchase Youth Ticket upon booking (under 1.2 meters is free to join) Please ensure you follow this restriction upon booking. Don't be risky as Forbidden City will not let your kids in for free if the height is over 1.2 meters.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lily's Tour Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Don't be overwhelmed by the masses of humanity at the entrance." See review
  • "If you're visiting Beijing, the Forbidden City is a must." See review
  • "Really interesting day, but be warned there is a lot of walking to do!" See review

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star-5
I recommand, very good organised without problem.
Pierre_C
, Oct 2021
At lot of visitor but the organisation made the journey easy and , efficient. Every thing interconnected with passport number. A very good experience.
star-5
Good and easy process
MihaiPaul_M
, Dec 2019
For us it was very simple. We reserved the tickets and so we were able to skip the line. Nothing more but perfect for us to enjoy this experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic and beautiful look into life in the Chinese Imperial Court.
RoLeeSun
, Nov 2019
Don't be overwhelmed by the masses of humanity at the entrance. Once you get deeper into the palace ,it is so immense that you can can wander around and get away from the crowds. To call this complex grand is an understatement. It dwarfs Versailles. The treasures displayed in the inner palaces are beautiful. I would recommend watching either The Story of Yenxi Palace or Empresses in the Palace before visiting. It will give you a better appreciation of life in the palace and the back alleyways
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Forbidden City is a Beijing must
rion1800
, Sep 2019
If you're visiting Beijing, the Forbidden City is a must. Buying the ticket online makes you save valuable minutes on your visit, so it would be wise to purchase the admission tickets from here.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Forbidden City easy access
Jennifer_M
, Jul 2019
This was a must during tourist season! Followed directions...went to main ticket gate with passports and all 3 passport numbers came up under my reservation. We were in a about 2 minutes. Good thing we had booked early, they were sold out for the next few days. FYI...water bottles are about $.50 US, don’t bother lugging your own water. Just buy it cold!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Buy the ticket at the Forbidden City
SHAUL_B
, Apr 2019
The admission ticket I received through the viator was not accepted at the Forbidden City site. It was supposed to have my passport number and the ticket I received had a random number. Had to spend about more than an hour trying to understand what was wrong and I finally bought a new ticket for 60 yuan at the site.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
The ticket was accepted at the entrance
Irina_A
, Apr 2019
The ticket was accepted at the entrance. The guys at the entrance sent to me to buy the ticket again. So I paid twice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Forbidden City, incredible place
Antonio_B
, Dec 2018
Aviator made the visit to this magnificient place pretty easy. We really enjoy our time in this place were you can have direct sense of history.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Really interesting day, but be warned...
Stephen H
, Sep 2018
Really interesting day, but be warned there is a lot of walking to do!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good customer service
Ronald_C
, Aug 2018
Website was easy to navigate. Immediate customer service from owner when called. I wish I had found this service prior to my visit.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
The instructions for the online...
Christine_J
, Apr 2018
The instructions for the online ticket pick up kiosk were very confusing and it took me ages to find the correct line. I would have been better just cuing at the ticket purchase office once inside the Forbidden City as I had to do this anyway to ask instructions to find my correct point of pick up!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
No issues, although directions on...
James G
, Apr 2018
No issues, although directions on where to actually go were confusning, we simply walked to the main entrance which is well within the actual entrance, more than you wil think haneded over passports to ticket person who typed in and allowed us entry, no problems.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Did not go well. Because of the...
DavidLyle_S
, Apr 2018
Did not go well. Because of the People's Congress, security was tight and it took 3 hours to get through security. By the time we got through, admission was closed. We didn't even get to claim the tickets. I don't want to give Viator a bad star rating because it wasn't their fault. I'll try again on my next trip, maybe. The rest of my Beijing experience was good, so I'm just giving a three-star rating.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The audio tour was worth it for us...
Tyler A
, Mar 2018
The audio tour was worth it for us. DO NOT PRESS ANY BUTTONS other than the volume buttons once it starts, or else it'll start all over (very long intro). It doesn't work at some sites, but will for most.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Directions to pick up tickets are...
michelle.delosangeles
, Nov 2017
Directions to pick up tickets are helpful and the price is affordable. Getting the tickets were easy as well. The tour is great and you can stay in the forbidden city for as long as you would like. We did self guided tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Allow plenty of time as the pick up...
Joanna_M
, Nov 2017
Allow plenty of time as the pick up window is difficult to find and the line at the window is very long.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Service médiocre
Florian_A
, Feb 2022
J’attends toujours mon remboursement suite à deux tickets pour visité la « cité interdite » achetés sur le site on me dit le lendemain matin par mail que tout à deja été vendu. Au lieu de m’appeler directement… service médiocre…
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Florian When you bought the ticket, we just told you all the tickets were sold out. And we had full refund you later. Regards Lily
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
entrée sans difficulté à la cité interdite, fluide malgré le monde
geraldine869
, Nov 2019
billets faciles à prendre en ligne, fiabilité et efficacité. Nous sommes entrés sans difficulté malgré le monde (arrivez 1/2 h avant l'heure)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Verbotene Stadt online Tickets ungültig
anjas070366
, Oct 2019
Die Eintrittskarten wurden nicht anerkannt, ich musste vor Ort erneut in bar zahlen. Trotz Vorzeigen der online gebuchten Tickets sowie der Reisepässe. Sehr nervig und unerfreulich!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Friend, Thank you for taking your valuable time to write this feedback. We are sorry to hear about this. I remember I got a phone call from you during the travel date. You didn't enter by your passport it's because you provided the passport number to us is not same as your passport. That why you need to pay another ticket. It's happened many times already. We actually have the E-ticket in our system to indicate we bought ticket for you already. This is a warning to all the tourists. When you book the ticket, please make sure the passport number is correct. Otherwise you can't enter inside. Regards Lily
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Bon service de resa
Jose D
, Sep 2019
Service de resa facile et pratique . Aucune difficulté à recevoir les codes barre en retour . Possibilité d’annulation
1 traveler found this review helpful

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