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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Half-day private tour of Beijing’s Forbidden City
  • Learn more about Beijing’s history as you stroll around Tiananmen Square
  • Take in the highlights of the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
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Professional guide
Private tour
Hotel pickup only(but not including the transportation fee to Tian'anmen Square)
Entrance fee
Transportation to the Forbidden City
Hotel drop-off
Additional entrance fee to the museums

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your tour guide will pick you up from your Beijing city hotel - within the 4th ring road, if your hotel outside of the city, you can travel to Bejing Urban Planning Center to meet your tour guide

Your tour begins with a pickup from your central Beijing hotel by your private guide at a time of your choosing.

The first stop of the day is Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world, with space for up to one million people. As you stroll around the grand square, learn more about its importance throughout history and hear about the many significant political events that have taken place in the square.

Continue to the Forbidden City, once the epicenter of the Imperial City and the largest ancient palace complex in the world. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, admiring the palatial buildings and cultural relics that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

After passing through the grand Meridian Gate into the 250-acre (100-hectare) imperial palace complex, your tour can be tailored to your preferences. Perhaps uncover the many treasures on display in the Palace Museum; visit the Hall of Ancestral Offerings (Clocks Gallery); or stroll around the maze of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens.

Your tour ends at the east wing of the Forbidden City, from where you can continue sightseeing independently or make your own way back to the hotel.
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
After picking you up from your hotel in Beijing, meet your private guide and head to the Tienanmen Square, home to the National Museum of China. If there is anything you particularly want to see, feel free to let your guide know. The best thing about having a private guide is that the tour can be tailored to the things that interest you the most. Your tour will start from Qianmen (Front Gate), follow your tour guide to walk through Tiananmen Square.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
National Museum Of China
You will see the National Museum of China from Tian'anmen Square. The Great Wall of the People, Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall and The Flagpole.
Pass By:  
Mausoleum of Mao Zedong
Your tour guide will offer detailed explanation about these sites. Feel free to ask questions if you have.
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City was the imperial palace from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located in the middle of Beijing, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
Enter the Forbidden City from the South Gate -Meridian Gate. Follow your tour guide to explore most important buildings inside the palace.
Stop At:  
Hall of Union
Then continue to check out the living quarters in the palace: Hall of Union, Hall Heavenly Purity, Hall of Union and Hall of Earthly Tranquillity.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
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: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Your tour of the Forbidden city will end at the Imperial Garden, then you will exit the Forbidden city from the north Gate. Your tour will ends here, you can choose to explore more of the Palace on your own, or your tour guide will help you to get taxi to your next destination. (at your own cost)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Passport name, number is required at time of booking for all participants
  • The Forbidden City in winter closes at 4:30pm (1st of Nov - 31st of March), in summer at 5:00pm (1st of April -31st of Oct), please arrange your start time accordingly
  • Please Note: When making a booking, please provide the tour operator with your desired pick up time at "special requirement", your tour operator will also contact you just in case
  • The visit to Tiananmen Square is not guaranteed, it might be closed due to the government events.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Discover Beijing Tours
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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Excellent guide!!
, Dec 2019
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.
Awesome experience
Kay M
, Dec 2019
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.
Guided Tour to the Forbidden City
, Dec 2019
Our guide Becky made our tour enjoyable and educational. Becky met us at our hotel then we decided to take the subway to the Forbidden City which was only two stops away. We visited Beijng in November so crowds were small and easy to manuveur through Tiananmen Square, Fobidden City and Chairmen Mao's Memorial Hall. HIghly recommend going with a guide to cut down on waiitng in line for tickets, entrance etc.
Jimmy is the best!!!
, Sep 2019
Jimmy was an excellent tour guide and provided a custom, private tour that met out needs. We sat in the hotel at the beginning of the tour to plan the day. We shared with Jimmy that our priority was to capture some great family pictures, and get a little history in the process. Turns out Jimmy is an excellent photographer. We gave him our camera for the tour and set him loose. He captured an excellent combination of candid and posed shots, while sprinkling in some history along the way. He was also helpful with getting us early coffee before the tour, and helping us get set up on Didi (Chinese Uber). We shared with Jimmy that we do not want to be taken to any sales pitch, or overpriced souvenir shop. He shared with us that his company does not take customers to hear sales pitches (a bonus of the tour we very much appreciated). Thank you for helping to make our time in China Amazing!!!
Great tour
, Jun 2019
If you only have a limited amount of time to visit Beijing's highlights - this is your tour. Susan did a great job showing us around and explaining the history behind the sights.
Hoy day in thr forbidden city
, Jun 2019
We had a great walking tour of the square and city with Becky. Her knowledge of the area was fantastic. She was able to guide us through security and entry with no problems. She also focused on some of the less crowded areas. The huge crowd size was a surprise and there is little to no shade on this trip. 4 hours can get a bit long.
Excellent knowledge by tour guide. His disposition was the best I have seen it stay in China.
, Dec 2018
If you are someone who wants to know details of history and do some shopping in the Forbidden City without being pushed or rushed by a group tour due to limited hours, this is the tour you want to take.
Great experience at Forbidden City!
, Nov 2018
Jimmy was an amazing guide! I would highly recommend him to anyone touring the Forbidden City. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour from start to finish!
We greatly enjoyed our small group...
, Jun 2018
We greatly enjoyed our small group tour. Susan, our guide, was helpful in accommodating our tight schedule and made the entire tour both lively and interesting. Several in our group had been to the Forbidden City without a guide before and found that this tour brought the Forbidden City to life for them. We look forward to returning and seeing more next time.
Miko was a conscientious and helpful...
, May 2018
Miko was a conscientious and helpful tour guide, and worked with us to tweak the tour to avoid the crowds on a holiday weekend. He also helped us to navigate a busy Forbidden City and figure out how to get home with a closed subway!

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