Forbidden City Beijing, Hebei, China

Get lost in the Forbidden City - get a little less lost if you hire a guide.

The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum.  You can access the Forbidden City using public transportation which proved to be easy.  Once we got off at the  Forbidden City we paid someone to take us in through the back doors so we would not have to wait in a huge line.  It cost us about $10 and this did not include our entrance fee.  There are lots of people loitering around asking if you’d like to go with them to avoid the lineup. 

This is a great spot to explore on your own but unless you are with an English guide you likely won’t leave knowing any more about the Forbidden City than you came with.  All the signs and information panels are in Chinese. Bummer.

Also, we visited the Forbidden City on one of the most polluted days of the year so I highly recommend getting a mask should the air quality index reads hazardous. 

Still a must do while in Beijing but consider hiring an English guide.


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