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Visit to the Forbidden City:

Ciudad Prohibida

  • Brief description: the Forbidden City (Gu Gong) was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Its 720,000 m2 make it the largest complex of palaces in the world. It is divided into 2 parts: the southern section, which contained the governmental buildings of the emperor, and the northern section, where the buildings in which the emperor and his family lived are located. It was here where the last Chinese emperor was detained until 1924, when the revolution started. Get there early to avoid the tourist masses! This way, you'll be able to lose yourself in its passages and narrow alleyways. 
  •  Duration of visit: 3-4 hrs.
  • Hours:
    - From April to October: 8.30 - 17.00 (Last tickets are sold at 16.00. Last entry at 16.10)
    - From July 7th to August 26th: 8.00 - 17.00 (Last tickets are sold at 16.00. Last entry at 16.10)
    - From November to March: 8.30 - 16.30 (Last tickets are sold at 15.30. Last entry at 15.40)
  • Cost: 60CNY (April-October) or 40CNY (November-March). Audio guide recommended (40CNY).
  • How to get there: north of Tiananmen Square. Take the metro to Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East (Line 1) or Qianmen Station (Line 2) and walk north through Tiananmen Tower (Gate of Heavenly Peace). Here you'll find the southern gate (Meridian Gate) of the Forbidden City.
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