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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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Tour snapshot
Avoid long ticket lines at the Forbidden City—entry is included
Duration:
4h
Hotel pickup offered
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
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
Highlights
  • 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
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
  • 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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 11301P27
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
  • Traveller 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.
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 travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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
  • Traveller 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
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
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 travellers 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
  • You'll return to the starting point
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BuckeyeChef
New York City, NY238 contributions
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 26 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Latoya J
Houston, TX, United States8 contributions
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 2 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

taycolld
Ayr, UK37 contributions
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 19 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

noahkotler
4 contributions
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 22 January 2020
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Teresa
1 contribution
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 22 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shawn
4 contributions
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 13 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

diana marie
New York21 contributions
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 14 May 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jonathan
2 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
Fascinating tour - we were met by Jimmy at our hotel and guided on a personal tour round T.Square and The Forbidden City. He was full of information and in clear English helped to tell the story from the first to the last emperor. We were taken on routes that were away from the big, rushing crowds and learnt so much more from having Jimmy explain it all. Strongly recommend you do this tour- pointless just rushing up through the middle of the City on your own - Jimmy explained why, when and how the story unfolded. Brilliant. Thanks.
Written 18 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mike H
Kalamazoo, United States4 contributions
Oct 2019
10/23/19 - We had an incredible tour with Hellen! She was very engaging and extremely knowledgeable about the square and Forbidden City. Her knowledge was so impressive that we spent 4 hours with her, but we wanted to spend another 4. Her English was great and we got to cut all the long lines by being with her. I will ask for her specifically in the future.
Written 25 October 2019
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Alice C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands12 contributions
Wonderful tour of the square and the forbidden palace with Vivian! She met us early at our hotel and we had a fun half day trip. Fully personalized for our curiosity, Vivian is very knowledgeable and willing to answer our curious questions as we wandered around the palace. Lots of fun stories about the emperor and their lives.
Highly recommend it for a tour!
Written 4 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Beijing is a beautiful city. Full of life and character. City was clean and people were friendly. Do not take pi
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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