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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Tours and Tickets

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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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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

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$10.99
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$10.99

Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

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Choose this tour to be able to not just see, but also understand the deep history that lies behind the architectural masterpieces of the Forbidden City, the largest royal palace in the world. Without professional guidance, your trip to the Forbidden City isn't as insightful. This product is created for those who would like to spend more time in the Forbidden City to completely understand the rich imperial culture it has to offer. We will take 4 hours to walk around and fully view the palace complex, covering the West, East, and Central Line. You will be able to board the Meridian Gate, take a closer look at the elegant turrets, visit the museums, see the distinctive Royal Garden, and the Royal Family Residence, experiencing a valuable journey through the Forbidden City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Skip the Line:Forbidden City Ticket-Main Entrance+Clock Gallery+Treasure Gallery

Skip the Line:Forbidden City Ticket-Main Entrance+Clock Gallery+Treasure Gallery

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Home to emperors for almost 500 years, the Forbidden City still houses treasure from timepieces to jewelry. Discover them at your own pace when you prebook this combo ticket package. Online tickets, direct to your phone, allow entry to the palace, the Clock Gallery, and the Treasure Gallery. Choose between morning or afternoon options, with the chance to amend or cancel up to 12 hours before the time slot begins.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.30
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$12.30

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 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
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$214.00
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$214.00
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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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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
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$172.00
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$172.00
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Beijing Private Tour: 2-Hour Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City Quick Explorer

Beijing Private Tour: 2-Hour Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City Quick Explorer

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Make the most of your limited time in Beijing and get a personalized experience as you tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with a private, English speaking guide. Walk through these landmarks at your own pace while your guide tells you fascinating stories of their significance. Choose from several start times to easily fit this Quick Explorer tour into your busy schedule.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
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$68.00
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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
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$83.00
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$83.00

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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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
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$87.00
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$87.00

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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Shared Forbidden City Depth tour

Shared Forbidden City Depth tour

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This is an exclusive Forbidden City tour where we go deeply into the Chinese History with our knowledgeable guide. We won’t miss any area that a common 2 hours tour does. You'll see mythical historic places with no rush at all, and getting the full picture with comprehensive explanations. No shopping stops Half day to deeply explore mythical Forbidden City Knowledgeable English speaking guide See the essence places of Forbidden City Skip the line Instant confirmation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00
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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 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
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$12.00
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$12.00
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Forbidden City Depth Half Day Tour

Forbidden City Depth Half Day Tour

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The Forbidden City is an awe-inspiring building that has fascinated people from all over the world for centuries, drawing millions of tourists to its doors every year. It has come to the point that they have had to limit visitors to 80,000 per day! This incredible structure is one of the world's only fully-preserved royal residences and dates all the way back to ancient Chinese history in 1420. With your ticket, you will get advanced reservation to visit the Beijing Palace Museum housed inside the Forbidden City and discover the rich and varied history of this breathtaking palace. A number of exhibitions take place within its halls, presenting a huge array of priceless collections of ancient Chinese artifacts. From the evolution of ceramic artifacts to cultural studies and exhibitions, from foreign artifacts to digital presentations, there are numerous sights to see and learn about within the museum.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.54
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$72.54
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Half Day Forbidden City Private Tour - All inclusive

Half Day Forbidden City Private Tour - All inclusive

This is the perfect tour for travelers with limited time in Beijing. After a hotel pickup, you’ll be taken to Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City. You’ll avoid long visitor lines by having entrance fees included. By traveling with a private guide, you’ll learn in-depth historical information about each site, and your guide will make sure you don’t miss any highlights.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.00
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$88.00
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5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium

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

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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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.00
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$58.00

4 Hour Private Forbidden City Tour with Depth Exploring

4 Hour Private Forbidden City Tour with Depth Exploring

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Explore Beijing’s highlights in the company of a private guide on this flexible, half-day tour. Pick a start time that works best for you, and meet your guide directly at your hotel. Then, travel on foot, via taxi, or public transportation (own expense), to the iconic Tiananmen Square. Head next to the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, where skip-the-line tickets help you beat the crowds. Finally, admire Jingshan Park before returning to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.00
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$86.00
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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

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
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$178.00
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$178.00
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In-depth Forbidden City tour with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience

In-depth Forbidden City tour with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience

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The Forbidden City is one of the most evocative destinations in all of China, reminiscent of great emperors and China's illustrious past. Go beyond the typical attractions within the City on this comprehensive 6-hour guided tour, which includes access to the Imperial Library, Treasure Rooms (The Antiquarium), and more. Lunch at the former Icehouse is also included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$171.00
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$171.00
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Half Day Forbidden City Private Tour (No Shopping Stop)

Half Day Forbidden City Private Tour (No Shopping Stop)

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This half day private tour covers the trip to Forbidden City, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver, also special No Shopping Stop.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket
"At lot of visitor but the organisation made the journey easy and , efficient. Every thing interconnected with passport number. A very good experience."..."
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service
"So glad I booked online. I avoided lines and confusion, just showed my passport to the agent checking tickets at the entrance, and that was it. simple and easy."..."
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Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)
"I liked the tour a lot, and it was really interesting to learn about the history and customs of the China royal dinasties. On the day, part of the palace had been closed for some time, but the guide quickly rearranged the path so that we could keep enjoying our time. Good job!"..."
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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City
"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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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City
"My son and I enjoyed a great day with our guide Shanshan. She made the day a very relaxed and memorable one. With her help we navigated the crowds at each venue and the lunch that was organised was wonderful. All in all a fabulous day. Thank you Shanshan"..."
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Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour
"April was our amazing guide, she was so knowledgeable. It makes all the difference as you understand exactly what you are experiencing and therefore take in more. Thank you April for making it so special."..."
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Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu
"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!"..."
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Beijing Private Tour: 2-Hour Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City Quick Explorer
"Thank you to Becky for making this an interesting tour. It was great to be able to have my own personal guide to talk me through the points of interest . I recommend!"..."
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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
"The tour group was small so it is very relaxing. Tour guide and driver are awesome company who gave detailed information for all the places which we visited!"..."
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Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall
"Great day out with Jerry. Well worth the money. Very knowledgeable guide who makes sure you see everything important and plans day to maximise time spent at sights and out of traffic. Would recommend."..."
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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
"So booked this trip as I only had one day to see the best bits of Beijing. Expected a coach and instead there were only two of us in a taxi, perfect! The travel guide was also great, informative but not too intrusive. A perfect excursion and it helped that the weather was marvellous. The great wall was on my bucket list and didnt disappoint!"..."
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2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour
"Keith was a great guide. We saw all the important sites and he provided the commentary to explain the history and significance. If you have a limited time to explore or just want to get an excellent experience this is a great choice"..."
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Shared Forbidden City Depth tour
"This is a 3 hour tour that takes you through the highlights of the Forbidden City. It is rich in history and full of fascinating stories. Christina was lovely and very knowledgeable and we had a great time with her!"..."
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4-Hour Skip-the-Line Small Group Discovery Forbidden City Tour with Hotel Pickup
"Our tour guide Lisa was very good and knowledgeable. She was a good history teller. Her english was good too."..."
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Beijing Forbidden City Entrance Ticket (with Optional Guided Service)
"Excellent experience and our guide Patrick was speaking fluent French and full of detailed explanations Best way to discover the Forbiden city"..."
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5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium
"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."..."
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4 Hour Private Forbidden City Tour with Depth Exploring
"Helena was wonderful. Very informative. Her English is good enough for casual conversation so your time passes effortlessly. I definitely recommend Helena for this tour."..."
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All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer Palace
"This tour we recommend 100 % is excellent With Roque our guide was a good person and he took the time to show us everything. He is a very kind person,and from now our friend.thank you Roque God Bless you."..."
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In-depth Forbidden City tour with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience
"the forbidden city is amazing and I learnt so much with Shanshan. She was an amazing guide! Plenty of time to see everything. Lovely tour. I highly recommend it!!"..."
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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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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.
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How much does it cost to visit Forbidden City (Palace Museum) 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Forbidden City (Palace Museum) costs USD 9.75. Guided Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tours start around USD 9.75 per person.