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

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Bei Jing Shi, China
Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Tour the deep history of Beijing’s Forbidden City’s palace complex. Your English speaking guide will take your group through the West, East, and Central line, examining all the distinctive features like the Royal Garden and Meridian Gate. This architectural masterpiece is one not to be missed on a tour to Beijing, and this tour makes it stress free and enlightening.
  • Easy meeting point at the Palace Museum Visitor Service Center, Bei Jing Shir, Dong Cheng Qu
  • Group tour, meeting either in the morning at 8:20am or afternoon at 12:50pm
  • Professional English speaking guide will show you all the famous sites
  • Admission Ticket is included to the Forbidden City and Palace Museum
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Admission Ticket to the Forbidden City
English-Speaking Tour Guide
The Palace Museum Visitor Service Center , China, Bei Jing Shi, Dong Cheng Qu, 东华门路故宫内 邮政编码: 100006

Meeting Point: Palace Museum Visitor Service Center. 故宫博物院游客服务中心 (It is located 20 meters west of the main gate of the Forbidden City, your tour guide will meet you in front of gate with holding the “Forbidden City Tour”billboard)

The Palace Museum , 4 Jing Shan Qian Jie, Dong Cheng Qu, Bei Jing Shi, China, 100009

Our tour will finish at the North Gate of the Forbidden City.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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3 stars

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Very interesting place and the tour
, Oct 2019
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!
Not worth 4.5 hours
, Sep 2019
While our tour guide was extremely nice, the tour lacked in information. I didn’t really learn much other than a few stats I could have looked up online (and a bit about the emperors’ concubines, which got repetitive). It was extremely long but I didn’t feel like I really explored much.
Amazing tour guide
, Aug 2019
Gustavo was an amazing tour guide who is very knowledgeable about the Forbidden City and the histories and stories behind it. In addition, he provided us with information about other tourist attractions in Beijing, in particular the Great Wall, and gave us his recommendations, which I truly appreciated! Would highly recommend! It was a wonderful experience.
Gustavo was GREAT! First class knowledge!
, Jul 2019
It was very clear that Gustavo was very passionate about history and the intricate symbolism spotted everywhere throughout the Forbidden City tour - his knowledge was first class! I would highly recommend this tour. A lot of friends have visited without a tour guide, and whilst they can appreciate the beauty of the city they were not aware of the purpose of the buildings as well as the meaning in the detail.
Gustavo was great!
, Jul 2019
We had a great time exploring the Forbidden City with our guide Gustavo. He was very passionate and knowledgable about the architecture and history of the palace and made us eager to learn more. Highly recommend! It is a long tour so I suggest bringing snacks in case you get hungry.
Knowledgeable Guide
, Jun 2019
My guide, Anne was very knowledgeable and gave me accounts and details of the history that happened within and beyond the four walls of forbidden city. She was also very helpful and friendly. Would have been a 5 star rating if the tour operator was more proactive in reaching out to me and connecting me with my guide. I had to send prompts several times.

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