Forbidden City manual ticketing shut down after 92-year operation
On 10 Oct, 2017, manual ticket office at the Forbidden City ended its service which started 92 years ago. Entrance tickets booking from the day on is only available online via Alipay or WechatPay. To guarantee best hospitality service, a single-day maximum of eighty thousand tickets has been set and real-time vacancy are presented on the booking page. With this measure, waiting and check-in time has proved to reduce from 15min to only 5min during the just past Golden Week holiday.
Visitors with no access to mobile payment can get ticket at one of the four general service windows with valid ID document, or book via online travel agencies.