Palace Museum to Open Online Ticketing System

created: 2011-09-13

Xinhua, September 9, 2011  
The Palace Museum will operate an online ticket reservation trial system starting Sept. 20 to encourage visitors to save time by buying tickets at home, giving them more time to tour the museum, its official website said Friday.
A maximum of 80,000 tickets will be available each day during the upcoming seven-day National Day holiday next month, with half of the tickets available online and the other half sold on site, according to its website.
During last year's National Day holiday, the Palace Museum averaged 90,000 visitors per day, far exceeding its 60,000 visitor limit. Measures to limit visitors have been urged in order to protect cultural relics and historic buildings, according to the museum.
Tickets can be booked online five days in advance.
The Palace Museum, which was founded in 1925, is in the Forbidden City, which served as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

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