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Forbidden City (Palace Museum)
Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm
4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China, 100009

The Basics

With so much to see at this Beijing landmark—everything from the living quarters of emperors to ceremonial rooms and galleries lined with Imperial artifacts—many visitors opt to visit with a guide who can navigate the vast complex from the Ming and Qing dynasties and point out its most interesting features. Those short on time in the Chinese capital can opt for a day tour that combines a Forbidden City visit with time at other Beijing attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and the Great Wall. As well, number of gardens, museums, pagodas, and pavilions dot the area.

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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
$172.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
We loved this tour! It was a small group and we all had a wonderful day together. So great to see so many sights all in one day, especially if you have limited time in Beijing. Our driver was really amazing and the tour guide was fluent in English. The lunch was delicious too. 10/10. Definitely book this!
elizabethmP6375YK, Jan 2020

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I really enjoyed this tour! Robert was amazing, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I learned a lot about each place we passed, he explained everything very well. He was also very patient with us taking pictures, and he is also very good photographer! The tour bus was clean, spacious and comfortable. The driver, William, picked us up and dropped us off right where we needed to be. Overall a very worthwhile tour! I strongly recommend.
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Our tour guide Lisa was very good and knowledgeable. She was a good history teller. Her english was good too.
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We had a great day! I was interested in this kind of tour as we had a 13 hour layover and knew this would be the easiest way to see the most! Linda's driver met us inside the airport and took us to meet Linda. She was great!! The most convenient door to door tour! Highly recommend if you are looking for a day trip from the airport.
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We really didn't know what to expect as this was the first time using this website and service.This was the highlight of our trip. Lucy of Discover Beijing Tours did an excellent job. She participated and she was encouraging. She was knowledgable with very specific details, The various places scheduled to visit in a day were well timed out. Lunch was very good. Really nice restaurant with good food for any culture.The whole day was better than expected, Thank you for a memorable day.
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Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu
Good way to discover Forbidden city and the great wall in one day. All the organisation is perfect (except the traffic to come back to Beijing) and the guide was really nice and efficient.
Excellent guide!!
lesliecarolinar, Dec 2019
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Jimmy was absolutely amazing, not only is he knowledgeable and kind, he also made sure we saw all the unmissable spots and was very patient with us, particularly with our need for some rest under some very cold weather! Many thanks Jimmy for making our visit an unforgettable experience.
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Daydream701608, Dec 2019
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For us it was very simple. We reserved the tickets and so we were able to skip the line. Nothing more but perfect for us to enjoy this experience.
Awesome experience
Kay M, Dec 2019
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I set up the tour at the last minute and was nervous about the details. My tour guide Jimmy was the best. It was 29 degrees that day, I told him I wanted to see a lot of the city. We rode the subway, got to the square, he was knowledgeable and all around awesome. Even gave me the gloves off his hands because I was so cold. If you are thinking about this tour, do it! Request Jimmy, best tour guide!! Would highly recommend.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose between a standard entrance ticket and a city tour that includes access to the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace.

  • For a more personal experience of the Forbidden City and other Beijing highlights, choose a private tour.

  • As many as 80,000 people visit the Forbidden City daily, so it’s best to book ahead or book a tour that includes skip-the-line access.

  • The Forbidden City offers little shade, so bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water if visiting on a warm day.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a fair amount of walking.

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How to Get There

Arriving by public transport or walking is preferred over taxi, as taxis are not allowed to stop nearby. Take the subway Line 1 to Tiananmen West or Tiananmen East, or catch one of the many buses going to Gugong.

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When to Get There

To avoid crowds at this popular Beijing attraction, it’s best to visit first thing in the morning when the ticket office opens. Avoid weekends and Chinese national holidays.

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Best View of the Forbidden City

Before or after touring the Forbidden City, it’s nice to get a sense of its size by seeing it from above. Jingshan Park, located just across from the palace’s north gate, is home to the highest point in Beijing and affords the best panoramic, bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City.

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