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4-Hour Skip-the-Line Small Group Discovery Forbidden City Tour with Hotel Pickup provided by Lily's Beijing Tour Guide & Car Service

4-Hour Skip-the-Line Small Group Discovery Forbidden City Tour with Hotel Pickup

4-Hour Skip-the-Line Small Group Discovery Forbidden City Tour with Hotel Pickup
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About
The Forbidden City is the former seat of Chinese imperial power, once home to 24 different emperors over a 500-year span. Only a limited number of tickets are released each day, and visitors face long wait times to enter the sprawling royal residence. With these skip-the-line admission tickets, breeze past the crowds on an in-depth guided tour of the lavish palace complex.
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
Highlights
  • A guided tour of the Forbidden City with skip-the-line admission
  • Skip the crowds and enter the museum without waiting in line
  • Enjoy several different stops, from treasure collections to the royal garden
  • Pickup from your Beijing hotel is included
What to expect
  • After pickup at your Beijing hotel, head to the city’s top attraction with prebooked tickets. As the world’s best-preserved imperial residence, the Forbidden City draws visitors from every region of the globe, with most tourists facing long wait times to get inside. During this exclusive, skip-the-line tour, breeze past the crowds and enter the museum directly to begin your guided visit. Step inside the 15th-century palace complex, once home to 24 different emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. Your private guide is on hand to tell you about the history and culture of the Forbidden City as you wander the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take your time to explore its 10,000 lavish rooms and the sprawling royal compound: The in-depth tour includes several stops, including the lavish Antiquarium of the Palace Museum, where the royal treasures are displayed.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • A guided tour of the Forbidden City with skip-the-line admission
  • Skip the crowds and enter the museum without waiting in line
  • Enjoy several different stops, from treasure collections to the royal garden
  • Pickup from your Beijing hotel is included
What to expect
  • After pickup at your Beijing hotel, head to the city’s top attraction with prebooked tickets. As the world’s best-preserved imperial residence, the Forbidden City draws visitors from every region of the globe, with most tourists facing long wait times to get inside. During this exclusive, skip-the-line tour, breeze past the crowds and enter the museum directly to begin your guided visit. Step inside the 15th-century palace complex, once home to 24 different emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. Your private guide is on hand to tell you about the history and culture of the Forbidden City as you wander the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take your time to explore its 10,000 lavish rooms and the sprawling royal compound: The in-depth tour includes several stops, including the lavish Antiquarium of the Palace Museum, where the royal treasures are displayed.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 26448P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • Professional historian guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Forbidden City entrance ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
  • Entry/Admission - Gate of Great Harmony (Taihe Men)
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Heavenly Purity
  • Entry/Admission - Gate of Heavenly Purity
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Earthly Tranquility
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Union
  • Entry/Admission - The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant and children must be accompanied by adult
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • All traveler names and passport number required required. You MUST provide your above info upon booking, in case the ticket sold out. You MUST have your passport with you for attending this tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • If the booking less than 2 people, it may cancelled and full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • Professional historian guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Forbidden City entrance ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
  • Entry/Admission - Gate of Great Harmony (Taihe Men)
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Heavenly Purity
  • Entry/Admission - Gate of Heavenly Purity
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Earthly Tranquility
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Union
  • Entry/Admission - The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant and children must be accompanied by adult
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • All traveler names and passport number required required. You MUST provide your above info upon booking, in case the ticket sold out. You MUST have your passport with you for attending this tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • If the booking less than 2 people, it may cancelled and full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Gate of Great Harmony (Taihe Men)
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Palace of Heavenly Purity
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    Gate of Heavenly Purity
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    Palace of Earthly Tranquility
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 8
    Hall of Union
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 9
    The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 10
    The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
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Wander742754
1 contribution
Jerry is a legend
Had Jerry for a tour of the forbidden city, excellent guide who allowed us have some freedom on the tour. His insights were interesting and made for a great experience!
Written December 28, 2019
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Josephine L
40 contributions
Worth the cold
Dec 2019 • Couples
Lisa was our tour guide this morning. She was very knowledgeable on the history surrounding the forbidden Palace, as well as related Chinese histories. She was also very patient in answering any questions that we had. The tour was well paced with 1 coffee stop in between, which was well timed as it was really cold this morning.
Written December 21, 2019
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Jocelyn A
2 contributions
Enjoyed thoroughly
Dec 2019 • Friends
Sally was very knowledgeable and spoke English very well and we were thankful we had a tour guide as my daughter had been there previously with the in ear guide and she said that having a tour guide to navigate the sprawling grounds was a definite benefit.

Would very much recommend. Thank you Sally :)
Written December 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

travelingypsies
Saint Ignatius, MT1 contribution
terrific
Dec 2019
Was a terrific tour. Tour operator communication and coordination was VERY good. Be advised that the hotel pick up does not include hotel return. That was ok, they secured a taxi for the return trip. The guide was great!! would highly recommend this operator.
Written December 6, 2019
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Ben Z
5 contributions
Forbidden City 4 Hour Tour
Nov 2019 • Couples
Had a great day day out with Lisa exploring the forbidden city. Lisa was very knowledgeable and explained the stories at various locations very well. Highly recommended
Written November 26, 2019
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JGC29
14 contributions
Great Tour!!!!
Nov 2019 • Couples
We had a great time with Nancy touring the Forbidden City. She did a wonderful job guiding us around the palace while avoiding the large crowds. Definitely recommend.
Written November 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

counselor13
Oberlin, OH4 contributions
Forbidden City with Lisa
Nov 2019
We had a great morning with Lisa on the Forbidden City tour. She was very knowledgeable and it was evident she was an experienced tour guide and she enjoyed sharing the history of this historical area. An added bonus: she spent extra time with us taking us to a nearby tea house (which we had asked about). At the end of the tours she helped us negotiate the bus transportation to our next activity. We highly recommend this tour and especially Lisa as the tour guide.
Written November 17, 2019
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emilyfd21
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
Great tour of the forbidden city
Linda was great she meet us at the hotel
Lobby right on time, from the time we got in the car she started sharing city information and history of Beijing , which was very interesting and informative . When we arrived to the forbidden city we skipped the lines and she took us around trying to avoid the crowds to have a better view and more time for her lovely explanation. Her stories and history was great and always Interesting. We loved the tour and really recommend it .
Written November 12, 2019
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Ruby
3 contributions
Great day out with Lisa!
We had a fun and informative time with our guide, Lisa. It was really crowded with long lines at the entrance, but she made things easy and smooth. Brought us to nice photo spots and took pictures for us! No regrets choosing this tour.
Written November 3, 2019
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Martin H
1 contribution
Honeymoon in the Forbidden City
Highly recommend the Tour - our Guide was Michael and it was perfect. It was so good to have a guide who knows the right ways (and when to go them and where the masses are and how to avoid them), knows the important sights, the best points to watch and who takes amazing pictures :-) thanks for the pix too!! They are a great memory on a great tour at a great time with a great guide.
Written October 22, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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My wife and I had two great tours with Sherry
Sherry did a fantastic job showing us some of the best and most important sights in Beijing. She had already booked
Saschant
Saschant
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The best guide
When life gets back to normal and you want to explore Beijing Jerry will take care of you. He was great, informativ
AlastairB_13
AlastairB_13
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Very well organised, excellent guide
We were met by our guide Sally at our hotel who outlined what we would do that day. Then it was off to Tiananmen Sq
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Excellent Summer Palace Tour
My partner and I really wanted to see the Summer Palace in Beijing so we organised this half day tour not knowing i
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Amazing Day!
Our tour was comprehensive and Sherry was great and easy to communicate with!! Sherry was knowledgeable and accommo
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Great Day!
The tour was comprehensive and Sherry was great!! Sherry was knowledgeable and accommodating. She made sure everyo
Pandycake87
Pandycake87
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GREAT WALL AND TOUR
Really well organised and interesting tour of Forbidden City and Great Wall. Jerry our tour guide was brilliant, so
felix142000
felix142000
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Disappointed
We booked two tickets and only put in one passport. We got reminded that both numbers are needed so we sent them. I
S1396KRmikew
S1396KRmikew
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Great tour and amazing place!
Linda was our guide and was very professional and informative. Most of the time her English was great but at times
GabrielleLF
GabrielleLF
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Best possible layover in Beijing!
We had a wonderful time with our guide Lena. From the beginning to the end, everything was perfect ; excellent engl
matthewdL1529MI
matthewdL1529MI
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Astounding, Breathtaking, Magic , Memorable , Professional
This by far was one of the most amazing days I have had. SUSAN was my guide for the day and she was MORE THAN AMAZI
Bevlainda
Bevlainda
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Amazing place huge palace really WoW
It was fantastic and magical all st once! The place has an ancient energy very unique with a story to tell around e
RachAel_BAP
RachAel_BAP
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Great service!!
Linda and Xie were amazing! Seamless pick up from the airport and we had an amazing tour of the wall.
C4573SPemilym
C4573SPemilym
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Beijing day tour
The tour was amazing! Linda Su was so helpful and knowledgeable! From the time we were picked up until the end it w
Jane K
Jane K
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Great way to spend a day in Beijing
I was traveling for work with two colleagues and we had one day for some exploration. What a great tour- a perfect
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