Forbidden City

Forbidden City showing a lake or waterhole, a river or creek and heritage architecture
This magnificent imperial palace is one of the most popular tourist sites in all of China, and is filled with many centuries of culture and art.

Beijing’s Forbidden City stretches over a massive 720,000 square metres, and was home to the emperors of China for almost five centuries. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is listed by the same organisation as the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world.

Set amid pristine gardens, the city contains an enormous collection of carefully maintained relics in its age-old buildings. The spiritual side of life is also well represented, with plentiful temples, shrines and other places of worship.

The name of the Forbidden City comes from the fact that, historically, ordinary people were not allowed to set foot inside. Protected by high, imposing walls, it would have presented a daunting sight to the residents of the wider city before being opened up to the public in 1925.

You should allow yourself a minimum of half a day to stroll around and soak in the fantastic royal culture and design around you. Enter through the Gate of Heavenly Peace, where you can pick up a map and an audio guide at the ticket office, or hire an English-speaking guide to take you around to gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture on display.

Take in the diverse architectural styles of different eras and admire centuries of incredible antiques. Art lovers will be enthralled by the many artworks, including statuettes cast in bronze and the beautiful old paintings which adorn the interior walls of the palace.

The fabulous five arches of the Meridian Gate will take your breath away, while the Hall of Supreme Harmony offers opulently appointed décor in the biggest of the many ceremonial halls – these sights are most definitely not to be missed. Finish your tour by admiring the graceful and harmonious Imperial Garden before leaving through the Gate of Divine Might.

The Forbidden City is in the centre of Beijing, and can be reached by walking, cycling or via public transport. There is also a bus which circles the outside of the walls, making it easier to access different areas. Visit the palace during the week if you can, as Saturday and Sunday are particularly busy.

Top 10 Hotels Near Forbidden City

Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$102 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and breakfast. Popular attractions Forbidden City and Wangfujing Street ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (993 reviews)
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Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing, 100738
Fully refundable
The price is S$226 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (693 reviews)
"Very nice and clean, loved the pool."

Reviewed on 10 Jul,2021

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Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
5 out of 5
57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
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The price is S$228 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Beijing. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (451 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 2 Jun,2022

Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
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Novotel Beijing Peace
Novotel Beijing Peace
4 out of 5
No 3 Jinyu Hutong, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$102 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Novotel Beijing Peace
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing, 100738
The price is S$226 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
5 out of 5
57 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$228 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing Hotel
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
5 out of 5
8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$218 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Hilton Beijing Wangfujing
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
5 out of 5
5-15 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$424 per night from 11 Aug to 12 Aug
Waldorf Astoria Beijing
The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
North Gate, No. 1 Xiagongfu Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100004
The price is S$223 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
The Imperial Mansion, Beijing Marriott Executive Apartments
Hotel Kapok - Forbidden City
Hotel Kapok - Forbidden City
4 out of 5
16 Donghuamen Street, Beijing, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$150 per night from 1 Sep to 2 Sep
Hotel Kapok - Forbidden City
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing
5 out of 5
No. 269 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100006
The price is S$831 per night from 9 Aug to 10 Aug
Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing
Jade Garden Hotel Beijing Forbidden City
Jade Garden Hotel Beijing Forbidden City
3.5 out of 5
No 1 Nanheyan Street, Beijing, PEK, 100006
Jade Garden Hotel Beijing Forbidden City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.