- Surrounded by 10m high walls and a 52m wide moat
- Measures 961m from north to south and 753k from east to west, covering 720,000 square meters
- Each side has one gate. Tourists today enter through the southern Meridian Gate (Wu men) and exit through the northern Gate of Spiritual Valor (Shenwu men).
- 70 halls and palaces, totaling 9,999 rooms comprise the palace which spans a north-south axis
- Multiple galleries displaying portions of the imperial treasure trove
- Audio guides in multiple languages are available at the Meridian Gate (Wu men) and the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu men). Rental is 40rmb + deposit of 100rmb which you get back when you turn in our audio guide at the exit.
- Bag check at Meridian gate, Wumen
- Gift shops, bookstores, snacks (yes, there's even a Starbucks, located in the southeastern corner of the Hall of Preserving Harmony)
- Information Center in the Archery Pavilion (Jian ting)
- Public buses that stop at the Forbidden City: 1, 4, 20, 52, 57, 101, 103, 109, 111
- Metro stops: Tian'anmenxi or Tian'anmendong on the East-West line
- 20rmb for students with student ID card
- Children under 120cm free
Opening hours: Daily all year.
- Oct 16 - Apr 15 8:30am - 4:30pm
- Apr 16 - Oct 15 8:30am - 5:00pm
Recommended time for visit: three hours
- Even though you'll feel like you're passing all opportunities to rent a guide, hold out for the Roger Moore narrated audio guide. Trust me, it's worth it.
- As you enter through the Meridian Gate, be on the look out for shops selling a lovely map of the Imperial Palace. If you would like a nice souvenir, grab this now. Unlike 99% of other souvenirs in China, this one is only available at the beginning of your tour of the Forbidden City!