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The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum, is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. Deemed off-limits to visitors for some five centuries, today this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

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Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm
4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China, 100009
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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Beijing China tour

Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Beijing China tour

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● For pick up service, we provide you two options: one is picking you up from your hotel which is located within 2nd ring road; the other one is meeing you at Hotel Kapok Beijing. ● Comfortable shoes are required for the Walking Tour:)
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.00
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$32.00
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Tickets Booking

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Tickets Booking

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Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City is famous for its striking architecture and far-reaching history–as well as its long entry lines. Book your skip-the-line ticket in advance to save time on the day, then just show your passport on arrival to enjoy hassle-free admission to the museum and palace complex, free to dedicate as much time as you need to exploring the site’s 72 hectares.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.00
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$12.00

Beijing Forbidden City Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service)

Beijing Forbidden City Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service)

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Beijing Forbidden City is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of China’s most visited attractions, with up to 16 million annual visitors. This prepaid admission ticket lets you skip the long ticket lines, saving up to two hours at busy times. Explore the magnificent palace complex at your own pace, upgrade for a guided tour, or opt for an all-access pass including admission to the Hall of Clocks and the Treasure Gallery.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$12.00
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$12.00
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

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Make the most of city sightseeing on this private tour of Beijing, which includes a visit to must-see attractions like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and more. Your guide provides in-depth information about each site's history and significance and handles all transportation, planning, and logistics so you can just enjoy your trip. A delicious Peking duck lunch and boat ride in the Summer Palace are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$214.00
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$214.00
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket (Morning Entry:8:30am-12:00pm)

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket (Morning Entry:8:30am-12:00pm)

We offer E-tickets, Skip the Line Our tickets is E tickets, no paper tickets needed when check in the sight. Just show your passport when check in the site at the selected entry time and date. No need to queue in line to collect your paper tickets at tickets counter.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.30
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$12.30

Full-Day Beijing Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace Tour

Full-Day Beijing Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace Tour

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The Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace are three of Beijing’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour visits all three. On this guided tour, designed with first-time visitors in mind, you'll also receive hotel pickup, lunch, and entrance fees, ensuring a hassle-free experience.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.56
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$48.56

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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Breeze past the long entry lines to enjoy your pre-booked tour of the Forbidden City. Follow your tour guide to visit several palaces, including the lavish Antiquarium of the Palace Museum (Treasures Museum). Learn about the ancient history, culture, and traditions that helped shape the Forbidden City through your guide's engaging commentary. Entrance fees and hotel pickup in Beijing are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Beijing Historical Tour I - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heaven

Beijing Historical Tour I - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heaven

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Immerse yourself in the beguiling city of Beijing during a full-day tour of the city’s most significant historical sites. Visit legendary landmarks like the Forbidden City; absorb the sacred ambience at the Temple of Heaven; and marvel at the structural beauty of Tian’anmen Square. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, delve into the rich history of the city and discover one of the oldest cultures on earth. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel is included on this tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.80
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$60.80
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Private Day Trip of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Private Day Trip of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

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Visit world-famous landmarks, discover UNESCO-listed attractions, and even enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch: this private tour offers the best of Beijing in one day. Meet your guide at your local hotel, and set off via private vehicle. Over the course of the day, visit Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City, and venture into the lovely Temple of Heaven. Following a bubbling hot pot lunch, head to your final highlight of the day: the Summer Palace.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.00
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$144.00
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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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Being such a densely populated city, it can be difficult to beat the crowds in Beijing. This Forbidden City admission ticket is the perfect way to ensure you have a stress-free visit with no waiting around. Your pre-booked entry can be accessed by using your passport near the main entrance, close to Tiananmen Gate. You’ll then have the freedom to walk around the palace complex and admire pagodas and beautiful architecture.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.75
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$9.75

Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

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See three of the top attractions in and around Beijing with a guide on this full-day private tour to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Private transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off is included, as well as entrance fees, lunch, and a ticket for the round-trip cable car or toboggan ride at the Great Wall.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.00
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$202.00
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Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

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Enjoy an in-depth sightseeing experience over two days with this comprehensive Beijing city tour. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit major attractions like Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Transportation between attractions and lunch on both days are included. (Note: Hotel stay is not included; you must have your own accommodation in Beijing.)
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$295.00
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$295.00
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3-Day Beijing Sightseeing Private Custom-Made Combo Tour

3-Day Beijing Sightseeing Private Custom-Made Combo Tour

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Create your perfect Beijing tour itinerary with this private 3-day combo package. Visit up to 10 attractions of your choice including the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square; enjoy the convenience of daily hotel pickup and private transport; and explore each attraction at your own pace.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$563.20
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$563.20
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2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour

2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour

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With a maximum of six travelers for intimacy and speed, small-group travel doesn’t get much smaller than this door-to-door tour. Say goodbye to long lines with VIP access to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall at Mutianyu; explore the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace; checkoff Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park, and the Beijing National Stadium; and enjoy two delicious lunches. Upgrade to add an evening Acrobat Show.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$198.00
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$198.00
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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

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See all of Beijing’s cultural and historical highlights on a comprehensive and captivating full-day tour of China’s capital city. Stroll amid the majestic charm of Tiananmen Square; marvel at the imaginative architecture at the Forbidden City; and see the verdant splendor that surrounds the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Alongside your knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich history and distinctive culture of Beijing and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from selected Beijing hotels.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.00
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$87.00
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Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

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See three of Beijing’s most famous landmarks on a full-day tour that starts in the city and travels to the Great Wall of China. Start with a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, and walk by the monuments of Tiananmen Square, including Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Then depart for the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, riding in a cable car up to the ramparts then walking around for great vantage points. Learn about the sights from your informative guide throughout a memorable tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$172.00
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$172.00
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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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The UNESCO-listed Forbidden City is Beijing’s most visited attraction with over 14 million annual visitors, and it has the traffic to match. This half-day walking tour ensures you maximise your time, with a private guide, pre-paid entrance tickets, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.00
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$74.00
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Private Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

Private Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

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While on layover at Beijing Capital International Airport, let a personal guide show you the highlights around Beijing. Spend time exploring the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Forbidden City. You'll also visit Tiananmen Square and eat a Chinese lunch. Round-trip airport transport by private vehicle is included on this full-day tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.00
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$208.00
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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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Enhance your sightseeing experience in Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most captivating sights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City; absorb the majestic charm of the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven; and stroll around the legendary Tiananmen Square. Relax during a scenic bus ride; purchase special souvenirs in the bustling Pearl Market; and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.00
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$83.00
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Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

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Take advantage of your long Beijing layover with a private chauffeured transfer to the Great Wall and city center. Enjoy the freedom to customize the itinerary based on your interests and time constraints.  After arrival at PEK airport, your driver is ready to take you to your chosen attractions. Relax in private transportation for the duration of the tour and return to the airport with ample time to catch your flight.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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$94.00
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2-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

2-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

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Discover Beijing at your own pace on a private 2-day tour of China’s capital, which includes select meals, transport, and entrance fees. Tick off top attractions such as Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), and the Temple of Heaven (Tian tan) on day one. On day two, visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu — one of the New7Wonders of the World — and the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Hotel pickup and drop-off are included every day.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$418.00
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$418.00
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Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour

Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour

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See the Chinese imperial palace used from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty up close on this private, 4-hour tour of the Forbidden City, including special skip-the-line access. Along the way, you’ll also get to see Tiananmen Square and Jinshan Park. Please be aware that this tour doesn’t include transportation to and from the attractions, but your private guide can help you get a taxi or other form of transport (own expense).
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00
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Beijing Private (less walking) 2-Day Tour with All Attractions

Beijing Private (less walking) 2-Day Tour with All Attractions

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For this specialized private two-day tour, walk less and save time. On the first day, visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Beijing Hutong, and Temple of Heaven. On the second day, visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, Summer Palace, and the Bird’s Nest. The cable car of Mutianyu takes you directly to the Great Wall and the dragon boat of the Summer Palace takes you to see the most beautiful Wanshou Mountain (additional break for your legs.) Tour includes tasty local lunch, all entrance fee, a friendly English-speaking guide and transport by private vehicle.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$450.00
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$450.00
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All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer Palace

All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer Palace

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Experience the best of Beijing on a full-day tour that includes sightseeing at top attractions. Accompanied by an experienced guide, tour the impressive Forbidden City complex, plus Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace. You’ll gain insight into imperial China at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Summer Palace, then learn about more recent history in Tiananmen Square. Lunch, attraction entrance ticket, and private transfer are all inclusive.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.00
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$178.00
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What are Forbidden City (Palace Museum) hours of operation?
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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) hours of operation: Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Forbidden City (Palace Museum) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 911 Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Forbidden City (Palace Museum) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Forbidden City (Palace Museum) costs USD 5.34. Guided Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tours start around USD 5.34 per person. See all 911 Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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