Initially named Forbidden City, the Palace Museum was the imperial palace of Ming and Qing dynasty.  Located in the center of Beijing, it is a prominent work of ancient constructions.  At present, it is the largest and best preserved wooden building in the world.

Best Time to the Palace Museum

As Beijing lies in temperate continental monsoon climate zone, temperate continental monsoon climate, each season has its own characteristic.  Winters are dry, cold, windy and dusty; general temperature in January is minus 4 degree.  On the contrary, summer is hot, wet and rainy with a general temperature of 26℃.  So the best time to Palace Museum is from late April and early June; from late August to the end of November.  During the first period, Beijing is just in spring, when the Palace Museum full of vibrant trees and bright—colored flowers.

The Palace Museum Best Routes

The recommended route is as follows.  Come in from the Meridian Gate, then walk along the axle wire and visit the Golden Devine Might Hall, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Central Harmony, Hall of Preserving Harmony, Palace of Heavenly Purity, the Hall of Union, Palace of Earthly Tranquility and the Imperial Garden one by one.

As you going through the Gate of Heavenly, there are three different tour routes available.  If you are on a half—day trip, the mid route is recommended.  Going along the mid route, you can look around the Palace of Heavenly Purity, the Hall of Union, the Palace of Earthly Tranquility and residences of imperial Concubines.  Generally speaking, visiting the whole museum in half day is impossible; one day is better.  If you want to have an in-depth tour, two days are needed.

The Palace Museum Tickets

In boom season (from April to October): 60RMB/person (Treasure Hall and Watch Museum are not included).

In slack season (from November to March): 40RMB/person (Treasure Hall and Watch Museum are not included).

Treasure Hall (located in Palace of Tranquil Longevity, including Chinese Opera Hall and Stone Drums Museum): 10RMB/person.

Watch Museum (located in the Hall of Ancestral Worship):10RMB/person.  (Ticket is free for child whose height is less than 1.2m with the company of guardian)

Preferential policy (Treasure Hall and Watch Museum are not included): ticket is 20RMB/student for students (including students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan; except for students of adult education and graduate students) with student cards or a letter of introduction from school.

How to Get to the Palace Museum

By bus: line1, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52,101,103 and more arrive at Tiananmen station.

By subway: take line1 and get off Tiananmen east or west station, then walk to the Tiananmen Square.

Jack Li
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