It is on several online newspapers that from January 1 to March 31 next year, the Forbidden City will be closed every Monday afternoon, expect for 11th Feb,(the Chinese new year) to protect the architecture and cultural relics.
The Forbidden City will be closed for half day on the following days:
January: 7, 14, 21, 28. Feburary: 4, 18, 25. (it will open the whole day on 11th, Feb). March: 4, 11, 18, 25.
The Forbidden City announced the museum will be open to the public from 8 am to 12 am and the ticket office will be closed at 11 am.
Forbidden City Travel Tips:
Forbidden City will transport you straight to the past. You don’t realize the magnitude of the Forbidden City until you are there. It takes about 2-3 hours to visit all the known places at detail. Here I got a few tips for visitors:
There is a quick bag check in the Meridian gate. You are allowed to take in water and other beverages. Audio guide is available in the Meridian gate, which has a map with lights on it to tell you once where you are in the Forbidden City. This is really helpful since it’s easy to get lost, especially when walking around the six east or west palaces. Picture taking is allowed in all parts except for the original-state halls. Generally the central axis is crowded withtour groups. Don’t neglect the side chambers and other areas, which have exhibitions on various aspects of the Qing court such as jade, jewellery, ceramics, calligraphy and painting etc, they are largely ignored by the tour groups.