Palace Museum mulls cancelling on-site ticketing service

The Palace Museum in Beijing is considering having all its visitors book online instead of buying tickets at the gates.

Shan Jixiang, chief curator, mentioned the plan when reviewing administrative experience gained during the National Day holiday.

Administrators set the cap of daily visitors at 80,000 during the week-long holiday starting from October 1. Shan said most had booked their trips online in advance, which encourages digital ticketing in future.

However, the idea has failed to win unanimous support. A Miss Gao, in her 20s, welcomes the effort- and time-saving measure, though some others say the plan lacks consideration for those not tech-savvy enough or without access to computers.

Liu Simin, Deputy Secretary-General of Beijing Tourism Association, says the plan could boost digital tourism, though it's still too early to cut offline ticketing services.