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Sunday Star-Times - - Escape Forbidden City -

More in­for­ma­tion: flow­er­travel.com.au.

Ex­plor­ing there:

The For­bid­den City lim­its the daily num­ber of visitors to 80,000. You can buy tick­ets on­line at var­i­ous out­lets. Don’t for­get to bring your pass­port, an um­brella and a water bot­tle. Tick­ets are about NZ$17. You pay an ex­tra fee to see the trea­sure gallery and an ad­di­tional fee to see the clock and watch gallery. For­eign visitors are re­quired to pro­vide pass­port num­bers and full names when book­ing tick­ets on­line.

If you don’t have an on­line reser­va­tion, go early as there are usu­ally tick­ets avail­able in the morn­ing. See en.dpm.org.cn/visit/ticket. Getting there:

Air China flies Auck­land to Bei­jing re­turn, from about $900.

Tour­ing there:

While it is pos­si­ble to book visas and en­try tick­ets your­self, tran­sSiberian travel ex­perts Flower Travel spe­cialises in in­di­vid­ual and group travel to China, Mon­go­lia and Rus­sia, in­clud­ing The For­bid­den City, Bei­jing and Shang­hai. It of­fers semi-in­de­pen­dent tour­ing where the es­sen­tials are all taken care of but you’re not ‘‘smoth­ered’’. See tran­ssiberian.com.au.

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