BEIJING — Over 17.5 million people in 2018 paid to visit the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, the museum announced on Dec 31.
The Palace Museum has the largest visitor numbers of any museum in the world.
To avoid overcrowding during peak seasons, the museum has allowed a maximum of 80,000 visitors per day since June 2015, compared with more than 100,000 or even 180,000 visitors per day previously.
In order to further enhance visiting experiences and loosen pressure on exits, starting from Jan 1, 2019, the museum will open the area between its northern Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu) and eastern Gate of East Glory (Donghua).
The move will allow visitors to appreciate scenery along the moat of the Forbidden City between the two gates, as well as ease pressure brought by the visitor overflow.