The Palace Museum (formerly Forbidden City/ Imperial Palace), no doubt is the highlight of the trip, especially if you are paying very first visit to Beijing, China. But…you will also find this magnificent palace is always busy and crowded, tour groups come and go, whistling noise everywhere like this:
Oh darn…this is so annoying, right? Thinking of skipping this place? No, you shouldn’t! It is still worth visiting. There are some tips I would like to share with you based on my previous visit. You can still enjoy your tour, taking nice photograph, feel the environment and study the history!
#1 Visit early morning/ late afternoon
Get there before 8:30am (operation starts), not that many tours you will see. Get to Tiananmen (the front entrance to the palace), which is also a must see monument and be ready to buy your entrance ticket to the palace. Otherwise, do your tour in the late afternoon, but I’m sure you’ll be missing out a lot of things.
#2 Avoid weekends and public holidays
Do not schedule your visit in the weekends and public holidays, especially the National Day Golden Week (begins Oct 1st), your tour will be totally ruined.
#3 Dress comfortably
As you will be spending hours touring around, a pair of good shoe is important. Make sure your attire is proper and comfortable.
#4 Get guidance
#5 Explore the palace
#6 Get to the right entrance
#7 Get up to Jingshan Park for panoramic view
Operation hours :
8:30am – 7:00pm (peak season from Apr to Oct) /8:30am – 4:30pm (off season from Nov to Mar)
Closed on Monday
Website : http://www.dpm.org.cn/index1024768.html