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A Crash Course to the Forbidden City

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Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

But how did Tian'anmen become what it is today? In this talk we trace the background of Tian'anmen Gate through pictures that were taken of it over the last hundred years, piecing together the history of Modern China’s most important piece of architecture.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China

Into the maze-like power structure of the Great Within in search of the very idea of Imperial Power

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan), No.44 Jingshanxi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100009 China

The Central axis that cuts through the city like the spine of a giant. Everything seems to fall into place right at your feet in front of you. ”A good prospect” is Beijing’s 850 years Imperial history told from the Coal Hill. The hill was created when the Mongol city of Dadu was torned down by the Ming conquerers. The leftover dirt and debris was simply used to make a hill on the north side of the palace as a protective shield against evil spirits from the north. All through the dynasties this hill would be the highest vantage point throughout the city, and constantly soldiers would stand here alert looking for fire or enemies approaching beyond the Wall. When the Ming Dynasty ended the last emperor climbed the Coal Hill and hung himself before the rebels could get to him. We aim to end the tour on a somewhat higher note and offer to provide you a glass of Prosecco when you stand on top of the hill looking at the Olympic city in the horizon and the Imperial Palace below.

Duration: 30 minutes
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Important Information
Departure Point
Tian'anmen West, Xicheng, China
Departure Time
11:00 AM
Return Details
过街通道, China, Beijing Shi, Xicheng Qu, 景山前街
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

To really experience Beijing, one really needs a guide. This is by far the best tour I have been on, not just in Beijing. Excellent storytelling, snacks and water on the way as well as socializing over drinks at the end. A must if you...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you don’t have a guide, I imagine the forbidden city comprises a big square, an enormous red wall, and several courtyards with buildings that share a similar architecture. With Beijing postcards it becomes a day of entertainment and history. A fabulous way of spending...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank southernscot87
Reviewed 7 June 2019

My wife did the Forbidden City tour (Crash Course) with Lars some time ago and was absolutely fascinated about the tour, great explanations, lots of details and stories, very lively guiding through the Forbidden City. So we decided to take the tour on the Boxer...More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank thobaue
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