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GroupSmall Group Forbidden City Walking Tour

4 Hours1 - 6WalkingBeijingEnglish

Get the imperial treatment on our carefully-designed 4-hour journey through grand courtyards and opulent halls. Led by one of our three hand-picked Forbidden City guides, you’ll walk right passed the long lines and step back through 600 years of Imperial History filled with cultural significance, stories, and legends.

Why you'll love this trip

Carefully-planned route to get the most out of your 4 hours

Special group lane through Tiananmen security; skip long entrance lines

Our guides are hand-picked for their experience and knowledge

Incredible details about the history, architecture and culture of the palace

Small Groups: no larger than 11 people

Great value for budget travelers


  • Begin your journey

    Your guide will be awaiting you in front of the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall at 9:00.
    You can get to the meeting place either by taxi or by metro. Taxi is recommended for its convenience. If you choose to take a metro, you can follow the guidance below:
    ​Take metro Line 2 and get off at the stop – Qianmen Station. Walk out from exit B and turn left to find the underpass. Then walk through it and turn right. The meeting point is just 200 meters away.
  • Tiananmen Square

    Breeze past the security lines with the help of your guide and enter an epicenter of major Chinese historical events: Tiananmen Square.You’ll pass by Mao’s mausoleum and the Great Hall of the People.
  • Tiananmen Gate

    This is the most ideal entry point into the palace. Stop for a picture in front of Mao’s famous portrait at Tiananmen Gate. Then walk right into the museum area, skipping the long ticket and entrance lines
  • The Forbidden City

    Step back in time as your guide takes you on a journey through the palace that housed 24 emperors over 560 years. Your guide will point out intricate details that bring Chinese history and culture to life. A few examples include:
  • Highlights

    1.Why does the Forbidden City officially only have 9999.5 rooms?
    2.What are these intimidating lion statues and why are their ears folded down?
    3.What are those little animal statues on top of the Hall of Supreme Harmony?

  • Jingshan Park

    After thoroughly exploring, you’ll exit the palace and hike up a small hill to the top of Jingshan park, the royal park for emperors. You’ll get a fantastic view of the entire city of secrets that you’ve just unearthed.

  • End of the Tour
    At the end of tour, ask your guide for transportation information to your hotel and wave goodbye to each other.


    • Main entrance fees
    • Versatile and Knowledgeable guide


    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuity for guide

    Reviews (3)

    Clarissa A

    An insane value! My friends and I wanted to get a guide for the forbidden city because we heard it is kind of empty inside (it is) so we signed up for this small group tour. The four of us ended up getting the tour all to ourselves! The tour guide, Susan, was amazing at pointing ...Read more

    George M

    My family of 5 booked this small group tour of the forbidden city in Beijing, and we were accompanied by another couple. The small group fomat was actually nice, because the couple we traveled with had a lot of interesting questions that we didn't think of. The guide, Susan, was ...Read more

    Dimitri R

    A very interesting walk through the forbidden city. I ended up in a small group of 5, with Susan as the guide. She was a local from Beijing and really loved to talk about the forbidden city. I liked that she made the tour interesting with stories and details instead of just givin...Read more


    Except for the public holidays, this tour is unavailable on all Mondays.

    Original passport is required for this tour. When booking, you must show us all the passport number and name correctly.

    The waiting time for tourists who are late is limited within 15 minutes. Those who miss the time have to buy the tickets and visit the sites all by themselves.

    Adult pricing applies to all travelers

    Children must be accompanied by an adult

    Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

    Rescheduling and Cancellation Policy

    You can reschedule or cancel your trip at zero cost up to 48 hours before your travel date.

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    Additional Info

    Tiananmen Square is sometimes unavailable for important events. If so, you have to detour around the Square with your guide to enter the Forbidden City. If you have to leave the group tour for any personal reasons, the fees of your tour are not refundable. The information of your guide’s name and phone number will be informed to you 2 days prior to your tour. Feel free to call your guide for any information, especially the guidance to get to the meeting point.

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