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No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
2 to 3 Hours
April to Octo... Read more
April to October: CNY 60
November to March: CNY 40
April 1st – October 31st - 60 Yuan
November 1st – March 31st- 40 Yuan
Free admission for children under 1.2 meters in height, disabled visitors.
50% discount on concessions for seniors 60 years old and older with a valid certificate or proof of age (passport, etc.)
Forbidden City, known as the Palace Museum or the palace complex and located in the city center, served as the palace for 24 Emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasty. According to Chinese astronomers, the complex is made up of 980 buildings in an area of 72 hectares and is a perfect example of traditional Chinese palatial architecture. It was forbidden to enter the palace without prior permission. Hence, the museum acquired the name Purple Forbidden Museum. The palace boasts of royal architectural wonders with lovely painted decorations. It was declared a World Heritage site in 1987 and also listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Standing in its astonishing beauty is the Palace Museum, a gem of the imperial Forbidden City, which records art collections from the most prominent Chinese dynasties. Built right in the heart of Beijing as the house of the Emperor, the Palace was not to be trespassed by non-imperial families as they were considered unworthy of such place;despite the harsh rules and the eventual conversion of the Palace into a Museum, the elegance and posterity of the structure has remained intact and continues to amaze tourists and historians from all over the world. As one of the most significant and imposing symbols of China, the Palace Museum is a place drenched in ancient Chinese history, a place of rule-making and where the most important socio-political decisions were made, giving birth to the stunning country of China, as we know it today.
It is 6.2 km away from the City Center.
Take Subway Line 1, get off at Tiananmen East Station (Exit A) or Tiananmen West Station (Exit B), find the Tiananmen Tower, and then walk north to the Meridian Gate;
Take Subway Line 2, get off at Qianmen Station (Exit A), walk north through the Tiananmen Square, pass the Tiananmen Tower, and then find the Meridian Gate further north.
Take Bus 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 120, Sightseeing Bus Line 2 or Tourist Bus Line 2, and get off at Tiananmen East Station;
Take Bus 1, 5, 52, Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Sightseeing Bus Line 2 or Tourist Line 2, and get off at Tiananmen West Station.
Bus Fare: 2 Yuan for every 10 km
April to October:
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
November to March:
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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