Saturday, February 11, 2017

3rd time's a charm at the Forbidden City

Another Must See in Beijing is the Forbidden City. We had attempted to go in the fall, but by the time we got there they were sold out for the day. They limit this attraction to 80,000 people per day. Noted!

We left earlier this time and got there right around opening time. Along with roughly 90,000 others. 

We waited in the security line and got in through the first gate but the tickets to actually get in the Forbidden City were sold out! Again! Jim mentioned something about the times he had been there with school groups and I said, "How did you get in the last time!?" He said it was with a guided group and they had pre-purchased the tickets.

 Tickets can be bought in advance?! When we got back to the hotel we asked the concierge-who did not speak English-about purchasing the tickets. It took an hour to communicate what we wanted and get the tickets. 
fortunately passport numbers matter more than names....Rarley, Farley, Grace, Roby and Aogostine
On our last day in Beijing we left early again and waited in the security line again. We held our breath as we checked the paper we had with the booking office and then we were in!

And this is why they only let in 80,000 visitors per day:

Grace is in there....

It was really interesting to see and I hope we can go back in the spring. There is a large garden within the walls that was beautiful in the freezing weather, but we couldn't stay long because it was that cold. 

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