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5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium

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5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Hear the stories behind Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square during a small-group walking tour in Beijing. After exploring the famous square, which is one of the world’s largest, you’ll make your way into the Forbidden City using a pre-booked ticket to avoid any long entrance lines. Explore all the key sites including the Imperial Garden, and discover fun facts about the Ming and Qing dynasties from your guide. Numbers are limited to just 12 people, and you can rest assured that no unwelcome factory or tourist shop visits are planned.
  • Walk around Tiananmen Square as you learn about its history
  • Use a prebooked ticket to access the Forbidden City
  • Hear stories relating to the Ming and Qing dynasties
  • Visit the Meridian Gate, Imperial Garden, and more
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup (for Hotels within the 3rd ring road of Beijing City)
Fobiddden city entrance fee
Entrance fee to two museums
Hotel drop-off
Hotel pickup and drop off outside of designated location
Transportation to the Tian'anmen square (at your own expense)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick you up from your hotel within the 4th ring road of Beijing city, please provide the hotel details when make booking. If your hotel is out of the 4th ring road of Beijing city, may have extra cost.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Wait in your hotel lobby in the morning to meet your guide. Together, you’ll travel to Tiananmen Square, in the geographical heart of the city.

Once of the world’s largest central squares, Tiananmen Square covers a vast amount of open space, measuring in at some 440, 000 square meters (109 acres). To put that in perspective, the square is roughly as large as the whole of Vatican City. Stand amid the history as your guide explains its past and points out its significant buildings.

From the square, you’ll continue into the Forbidden City with your fast-access prebooked ticket in hand. Make your way to a quiet seating area, and learn about the palace and the Ming and Qing dynasties from your guide. Many say that a visit to the Forbidden City is more about the stories than the sightseeing, and your guide will tell all the tales to make your visit complete.

Check out the Meridian Gate, halls of harmony, heavenly purity, earthly tranquility, and unity; and the tree-lined pathways of the Imperial Garden as well as many other significant sights. Read the Itinerary for a full list of attractions that are seen on the tour.

Your experience ends in the grounds of the Imperial Garden but you can spend longer inside the Forbidden City, if you wish.
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Your Tour Guide will meet you in your hotel's lobby then heading to to the Tian'anmen square to start your walking tour. Tiananmen Square is the geographical center of Beijing City. It is the largest city square in the world, occupying an area of 440,000 square meters (about 109 acres).Followed by your expert and professional guide,a very informative introduction of the Tian'anmen square and surrounding buildings will be given to your group, as everyone moves along towards to the Forbidden City.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
Get to know Chairman Mao Memorial Hall from square
Pass By:  
Great Hall of the People (Renmin Dahuitang)
You will see the Great Wall of the People from Tian'anmen square, Your tour guide will explain its stories for you
Pass By:  
National Museum Of China
See National Museum of China from Tian'anmen square.
Pass By:  
Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
Without queuing at the ticket office, your tickets will be booked online in advance, you will enter the Palace from the Meridian Gate.
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Once enter the Forbidden City, your guide will find a quite sitting area and introduce you to the palace, making you feel immersed in the history of the Ming and Qing Dynasty.People always say: when visit Forbidden city, 70% is to learn the stories and 30% is to see the palace.During the walking tour, you will stop at different locations to have the "Story time" and gain the insight view to the fascinating culture.This detailed tour to the Forbidden city also including the visit to the important museums to discover the treasures from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
You'll be walking pass the most notable buildings during the tour as well as the west and east chambers. Check the Itinerary for the full list of sights. Stroll around the courtyards and halls of the Forbidden city with your tour guide, and learn the histories and stories about this massive palace. You will visit these buildings inside the Forbidden City. Hall of Great Harmony where the emperor handle states affairs.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
You will also visit Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Heavenly Purity
Then continue to check out the living quarters in the palace: Hall of Union, Hall Heavenly Purity, and Hall of Earthly Tranquillity.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum
In addition, you will also visit The Hall of Clocks and Hall of Treasure as well as the courtyards and museums in the east Chamber.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum
Admire at the Nigh Dragon Screen of the Palace Museum in the east chamber of the Forbidden city.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Your tour will end at the Imperial Garden in the north, then you can decide to explore more of the Palace on your own, or going to the next destination. Your guide will give suggestions for you on where to go and how to get to the next place.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • In order to get your skip the line entrance ticket to Forbidden City, your passport name and number are required at time of booking (for all participants)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Beijing Tours

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Our guide was ‘Jimmy’, an absolute...
James H
, Apr 2018
Our guide was ‘Jimmy’, an absolute brilliant and cheery guy. He called our hotel the evening before our tour, to confirm our pick up time etc. We were a small party of 4, my wife and me plus two guys originally from Switzerland. We had a leisurely stroll through the square and into the the Forbidden City. Jimmy was full of stories and interesting facts all told in excellent English. At the end of the tour he walked us, rather than just give us directions, to an absolutely brilliant restaurant for lunch that he recommended, a distance of about a mile. He took my number and kindly offered to answer any queries or give us any tips if required during the rest of our trip. An excellent service, because frankly, if you don’t have a guide, you will miss out on so much given the scale of these attractions
Albert was a fantastic tour guide...
Leif B
, Oct 2017
Albert was a fantastic tour guide. Very helpful and informative. Kept all 8 of us engaged and interested, kids included. So glad we did this tour.
This is a fantastic way to spend a...
Katherine M
, Sep 2017
This is a fantastic way to spend a day in Beijing. Vivian met our small group of 4 in our hotel lobby and we walked to Tiananmen Square and then on to the Forbidden City. We stopped at intervals to take in the sights and learn about Chinese history. There were lots of photo ops. Vivian was a great guide - she is knowledgeable, passionate and experienced. We learnt a lot and would definitely recommend this tour.
The small group tour was ideal...
Diana F
, Aug 2017
The small group tour was ideal because it allowed us to do all the things we wanted to do at the pace we wanted to go, without having to do what we weren't interested in. Our guide, Susan was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent. She also gave us lots of tips for the rest of our trip, took us on the underground so we would be able to do that at other times and put us on a bus to our next sightseeing location. She went above and beyond what we expected.
Albert was waiting us in the hotel...
Ladislav C
, Jul 2017
Albert was waiting us in the hotel lobby. He was friendly, professional, spoke perfect English. He offered many interesting facts about Tiananmen Square and Forbidden city Sometimes with references to popular culture to help understanding. The tour was fantastic, sights were incredible. I highly recommend this tour and would not mind going again.
Our tour was excellent our guide was...
, May 2017
Our tour was excellent our guide was excellent. The subject of the tour is enormous, and it is fascinating. My apple watch said we walked over 27,000 steps including from and to the hotel. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and we helpful offering us suggestions for lunch and dinner. If you are in good shape for walking this tour is great. If you are not comfortable walking long distances I can not recommend visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it.
On this tour, you will be able to...
Gerald Bradley W
, May 2017
On this tour, you will be able to see every part of the Forbidden City that is open to the public, as well as all of its exhibits, and you will not be rushed. I can't image seeing the Forbidden City without our guide there to provide the historical context and significance, and his English was very good.
Great your. Becky met us at our...
Eleonor K
, Mar 2017
Great your. Becky met us at our hotel right on time, spoke great English and was very informative about the Forbidden City
Lilly was very knowledgeable about...
Tomas d
, Nov 2016
Lilly was very knowledgeable about several interesting facts of the city, fun and with an excellent english. Would highly recommend her to view Chengdu avoiding the touristy places.

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