The Forbidden City is a palace complex situated in central Beijing, China. The Forbidden City palace served as the home of the emperors and their families as well as the centre of the Chinese Government from 1420 to 1912. The complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 and consists of 980 buildings over its 180 acres. Forbidden City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a fine display of Chinese architecture that has influenced similar builds across East Asia. The Forbidden City complex is one of the most popular sights in Asia and serves mainly today as a museum.
By subway, take the red line and get off at ‘Tian'anmen East’ which is situated a short walk away from the complex. The 2, 6, 103, 109 and 685 buses all run to the palace.
Opening Times and Admission
You can only tour/walk through the Forbidden City from south to north, entering at the Meridian Gate. Walking through the complex usually takes a couple of hours. The complex welcomes visitors daily 8.30am-5pm. Entry fee is set at 60 CNY for adults and 20 CNY for minors.