The Forbidden City is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole of China. If you are visiting Beijing, visiting the Forbidden City is a must. Here is a guide to getting the most out of your visit.
Enter Via The Southern Gate
There is only one way to enter the Forbidden City and this is via the Southern gate—also known as Wumen or Meridian Gate. You can access the entrance from Tinanmen Square.
Avoid Public Holidays
When visiting the Forbidden City, crowds are inevitable. If you want any chance of getting a good photo, it is best to visit on a weekday and avoid public holidays when possible.
Bring Your Passport!
You will need your passport to buy entrance tickets. You can buy your tickets when you get there, but bringing your passport is essential.
Check Out Jingshan Park
For a panoramic view of Forbidden City, walk up to Jingshan Park. It sits across from the north gate of the city and is definitely worth a visit.
Getting There By Subway
If you are heading to the Forbidden City by Subway, exit at Tiananmen East Station. This is the closest station to the entrance gate. If you are traveling on Metro Line 2, head to Qianmen Station and walk through the Tiananmen Tower.