Tickets are 60 RMB per person (40 RMB in low season), but to visit some of the exhibitions, including the fascinating Clock and Watch Gallery, you'll need to purchase another ticket at about 10 RMB.
Bernardo Bertolucci’s film The Last Emperor offers a fascinating glimpse at what life might have been like for a Qing emperor living in the palace. A good primer before you visit.
Bring a sunhat or brolly (for a sunshade) in summer.
Enter via the north gate to beat the crowds.
Beware of polite, English-speaking locals inviting you to go for tea – it’s almost always a scam.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Design and architecture