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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City provided by Discover Beijing Tours

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City
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Get the most out of your Beijing vacation with this personalized private Beijing walking tour of the Forbidden City. Eliminate the need to study a map, and rely on your guide to take care of the navigating. Explore Tiananmen Square, and avoid waiting in ticket lines at the Forbidden City, as entrance fees are included. A perk of the tour is that the itinerary can be tailored to your preferences.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Avoid long ticket lines at the Forbidden City—entry is included
A private tour ensures having your guide’s undivided attention
Choose the start time of the tour to suit your schedule
Learn about Beijing’s history through guide commentary
What to expect
Your tour begins with a pickup from your central Beijing hotel by your private guide at a time of your choosing. The first stop of the day is Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world, with space for up to one million people. As you stroll around the grand square, learn more about its importance throughout history and hear about the many significant political events that have taken place in the square. Continue to the Forbidden City, once the epicenter of the Imperial City and the largest ancient palace complex in the world. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, admiring the palatial buildings and cultural relics that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. After passing through the grand Meridian Gate into the 250-acre (100-hectare) imperial palace complex, your tour can be tailored to your preferences. Perhaps uncover the many treasures on display in the Palace Museum; visit the Hall of Ancestral Offerings (Clocks Gallery); or stroll around the maze of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens. Your tour ends at the east wing of the Forbidden City, from where you can continue sightseeing independently or make your own way back to the hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 11301P27
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Professional guide • Private tour • Hotel pickup only(but not including the transportation fee to Tian'anmen Square) • Entrance fee • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum • Entry/Admission - Hall of Union • Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian) • Entry/Admission - Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian) • Entry/Admission - The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Exclusions
Transportation to the Forbidden City • Hotel drop-off • Gratuities • Additional entrance fee to the museums
Duration
4h
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Your tour guide will pick you up from your Beijing city hotel - within the 4th ring road, if your hotel outside of the city, you can travel to Bejing Urban Planning Center to meet your tour guide
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Professional guide • Private tour • Hotel pickup only(but not including the transportation fee to Tian'anmen Square) • Entrance fee • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum • Entry/Admission - Hall of Union • Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian) • Entry/Admission - Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian) • Entry/Admission - The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Exclusions
Transportation to the Forbidden City • Hotel drop-off • Gratuities • Additional entrance fee to the museums
Departure details
Traveler pickup is offered.
Your tour guide will pick you up from your Beijing city hotel - within the 4th ring road, if your hotel outside of the city, you can travel to Bejing Urban Planning Center to meet your tour guide
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
Passport name, number is required at time of booking for all participants
The Forbidden City in winter closes at 4:30pm (1st of Nov - 31st of March), in summer at 5:00pm (1st of April -31st of Oct), please arrange your start time accordingly
Please Note: When making a booking, please provide the tour operator with your desired pick up time at "special requirement", your tour operator will also contact you just in case
The visit to Tiananmen Square is not guaranteed, it might be closed due to the government events.
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    National Museum Of China
    Mausoleum of Mao Zedong
  • 2
    Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
  • 3
    Hall of Union
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
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Latoya J
Houston, TX, United States8 contributions
5 stars! Book as soon as possible!
May 2021 • Family
My daughter and I had the pleasure of having Qing as our tour guide. We had a great experience. Qing was very knowledgeable and added funny commentary to engage my 9 year old daughter, whom is not interested in History (yet)! We learned a lot about Chinese history and culture, with the added benefit of being allowed to take ample time to take a multitude of pictures. Qing has hosted this tour for many years, so she provided us with tips to take the most flattering shots in this historical venue. I would definitely recommend Qing when taking this tour. We will remember this experience forever.
Written May 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

taycolld
Ayr, UK37 contributions
Fantastic tour of the Forbidden City
We had a fantastic tour with Qing to the Forbidden City. She was excellent with her communication beforehand and advised us on all the documentation we need. And met us at the entrance and helped us through the various security checks.

From there we explored Tiannamen Square where Qing explained the stories behind all of the various buildings that surround the square as well as the monuments within the square. She happily took photos for us.

We then entered the Forbidden Palace where Qing made the process extremely easy and stress free for us. We walked for around 2 hours through the various courtyards. The site is absolutely spectacular and full of intrigue and history and you would expect, the scale of it is quite unbelievable really.

Overall we had an excellent 4 hours in and around the palace and Qing was brilliant throughout as a guide, full of knowledge and enthusiasm throughout. She also helped us found an excellent duck restaurant nearby! Overall we were all really happy with the tour!
Written April 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Shawn
4 contributions
Forbidden City Tour
Apr 2021
My wife & I had the opportunity to spend the day with Susan for a tour of the Forbidden City & the Temple of Heaven. Susan picked us up from our hotel, arranged tickets in advance for everything, & helped us navigate the day. We would have been lost without her! It was obvious that Susan was knowledgeable & really cared about our experience. We would absolutely recommend Susan & Discover Beijing Tours.
Written April 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

diana marie
New York21 contributions
JIMMY! The best!
Jul 2019
This tour was AMAZING. Although it was a rainy day, Jimmy brought sunshine. He was very knowledgable, purchased our tickets, and taught us SO much. He even protected us from other tourists trying to take our pictures. He was wonderful to spend the day with and it was a great day!
Written May 14, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BuckeyeChef
New York City, NY236 contributions
Highlight of my trip to Beijing
Jan 2020 • Solo
My tour guide Lucy showed up at my hotel early and prepared. We embarked on a perfect day of serious walking and historic adventure.

You really need all four hours to visit the palace and it’s grounds. And Lucy really knows her history so you will learn a ton. I would highly recommend her.

Bring your walking shoes and if you are not fit, consider a different outing or ask for an abbreviated version but you will miss a lot. The details of dynastic history are crucial to understanding the palace and its layout.

I was starving after the first three hours somwe used the last hour to eat dumplings nearby. Was a perfect way to ring in the New Year in China. Note to self: don’t go to China during the New Year celebration because most things are closed. For a real Chinese party to to Chinatown in New York because it’s amazing!!!! The Chinese in China take a whole week off during this time and you don’t get the real pulse of the city. But I will be back!!!!
Written January 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Teresa
1 contribution
Best tour guide in Beijing!!
Dec 2019 • Friends
We had a great time on our tour with Jimmy. He knew every historical fact about Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. We learned so much more than we would have if we had just gone by ourselves. His English was excellent and was just an all around great guy to spend the afternoon with!! He is a very interesting person himself and it was so interesting to hear about his life growing up in China. I would definitely recommend this tour and Jimmy for your guide. Thank you Jimmy!
Written January 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

noahkotler
4 contributions
Private tour of forbidden city
Jan 2020 • Friends
The forbidden city and tiananmen are a must-see when visiting Beijing. Jimmy was a great tour guide and pre-purchased the tickets to enter the forbidden city so we did not need to stand in line. He speaks perfect English too.
Written January 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

381ulfr
Washington DC, DC5 contributions
Great tour!
Jan 2020 • Family
.......Jimmy is a Great Tourguide, very knowledgeable and fun to listen to. Absolutely recommendable!
Written January 18, 2020
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Kevin Gock
4 contributions
Great Guided Tour with Susan
Dec 2019
We had a really entertaining and informative tour with Susan. Good english, attention to detail and made the history entertaining. It was a good mixture of tour with time to look around ourselves as well. Was far more enjoyable as everything such as tickets and where to go to maximise our time was all taken care of.
Written January 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Leslie R
1 contribution
Amazing tour with Jimmy
Dec 2019 • Couples
We had the most wonderful 4 hour tour with Jimmy, who not only spoke perfect english, he was also attentive, very knowledgeable and a great companion in our Beijing adventure. We totally recommend the tour, Jimmy, and the company!
Written January 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Jet695113
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Exceptional.
This tour was exceptional. Qing was very knowledgeable and funny. We enjoyed listening to her a lot, as she did not
Sanchotrip
Sanchotrip
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A nice city escape!
I live in Beijing. I booked this private tour to escape the city for a few hours and it was just what I expected. Q
JuhaJarv
JuhaJarv
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Nice trip
Very nicely organized trip to Great wall. Everything went smoothly with guide Jason and driver had nice quality VW.
pattycake_adventures
pattycake_adventures
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Perfect day on the wall!
Wow! What an amazing day we had with Qing, who took us to the wall and the summer palace. She told us awesome stori
Wildfire6924
Wildfire6924
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Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour
Qing & her team were very easy to work with- Qing was our tour guide, translator, photographer, & provided transpor
P650QKtonyh
P650QKtonyh
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Amazing tour guide!
This was the very first tour I’ve been a part of. Our guide Qing was amazing! She talked about the history and gave
bentz_dc
bentz_dc
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Awesome Tour!!
Great location for foreigners to see The Great Wall and Summer Palace! Our guide, Qing, did a great job giving us t
lim_benson
lim_benson
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Good Tour with Linda!
Fluent in English (and Chinese of course) and energetic, it was great to have Linda as our day tour guide. She made
dimarieee
dimarieee
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The BEST Day !!!
This day is one I will never forget. We went on the fourth of July... the HOTTEST day. Lucy took us to a private
Sharon T
Sharon T
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Becky was a fabulous tour guide.
This review is a long time in coming, we visited China last year 2019 in March/ April. We were a private party of
adamwookieb
adamwookieb
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Fantastic experience
My partner and I landed in Beijing the night before and we wanted to experience Chinese cuisine the next day so we
Z5098RHrobertg
Z5098RHrobertg
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Beijing zoo
Our guide, Becky was amazing. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the zoo and surrounding areas. She al
DannyT1974
DannyT1974
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Great tour combo if you've seen great wall and forbidden city.
Our guide Lucy was waiting for us ahead of schedule in the hotel lobby. We followed the itinerary and were able to
Shazzahr
Shazzahr
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Perfect for my overnight stay
This tour was perfect for the few hours I had in Beijing. Pick up and drop off from Hotel very handy. It was a cond
Flyer638667
Flyer638667
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Great tour for a short trip to Beijing
Lucy took me on the tour of the Summer Palace, she was very knowledgeable and a great companion for the day (she ta
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