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GroupSmall Group Forbidden City Walking Tour

  • Duration : 4 Hours
  • Offered in English
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours before your trip

Why you'll love this trip

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.

  • 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 8 people
  • Great value for budget travelers

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Begin your journey

Your guide will be awaiting you in front of the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall at 9:00am 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:


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.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Forbidden City and Jingshan Park entrance fees

  • Versatile and Knowledgeable guide


  • Pickup and drop-off

  • Gratuity for guide (Recommended)

Meeting Point Info

  • 9:00 am in front of the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall

Important Info

  • This tour is unavailable on all Mondays excepting Chinese public holidays.
  • You must bring your original passport(s) with you in order to pick up your Forbidden City Tickets. A photocopy of your passport will NOT be accepted.
  • The waiting time for tourists who are late is limited to 15 minutes. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes late may not be able to enter the forbidden city without buying a new ticket.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The detailed information of your private guide and pickup time will be informed to you by email at least 24 hours prior to your travel date.
  • Tiananmen Square is sometimes unavailable for important events. If so, you have to detour around the Square with your guide in order to enter the Forbidden City. We will inform you in advance if there are any changes to the itinerary.
  • If you have to leave during the tour for any reason, we will be unable to refund you since the entrance ticket is non-refundable.

Rescheduling & Cancellation Policy

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

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Reviews (7)


Local panda was very professional. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful. Very good service.
    Lim Chen


    Forbidden City was amazing. I have a good local guide Cactus which was very good and informative. Wish I had more time in Forbidden City!
      Rachel S


      Booked for 3 people, but because it was off-season, ended up having the tour to ourselves! Our guide was very sweet, and was able to share information and answer questions for all the places on our to... View More
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