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Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover some of China’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites on a full-day VIP tour of the Forbidden City and the Badaling Great Wall Ruins from Beijing. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, catch a rare glimpse of two less public sites in the Forbidden City and explore the Treasure Gallery and Clock Exhibition Hall of the Palace Museum in relative solitude. Then, venture to the atmospheric Ruins of the Great Wall to gain fascinating insight into China’s greatest engineering achievement. Feast upon a bounteous feast of Peking duck to conclude this enriching and exclusive experience.
  • Full-day VIP tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall
  • Enjoy an intimate visit to the Palace Museum's special sites - the Treasure Gallery and the Clock Exhibition Hall
  • View cultural artifacts and royal treasures in the Forbidden City
  • Walk along the Ruins of the Great Wall, a section of this UNESCO World Heritage site unknown to most of the public
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Beijing from Jingshan Hill
  • Dine on a Chinese banquet including the country's national dish, the Peking duck

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Explore lesser-known parts of the Forbidden City—and enjoy a Peking duck lunch—on this all-inclusive tour.
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Professional English-speaking tour guide
Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
If your hotel is located out of 4th Ring Circle Highway, please go to Prime Hotel to join the tour at 08:30AM. (Add: No. 2, Wangfujing Ave. Tel: +86-10-65136666)
Transport by air-conditioned vehicle/mini-van
Lunch of Beijing Roast Duck Banquet
Admission tickets
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Departs from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
Dates: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Depart from your Beijing hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and begin the scenic journey to the Forbidden City, a 180-acre (74-hectare) imperial palace complex formerly home to a succession of extravagant emperors. Embark on a comprehensive tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site with your knowledgeable guide and explore the world’s largest collection ancient wooden structures. 

Listen as your guide reveals the mysteries surrounding ancient artifacts like a Jade Cabbage and discover the glittering delights harbored by the Treasure Hall for insight into the cultural significance of pearl, gold and silver. 

Next, venture to the Clock Exhibition Hall to marvel at more than 200 clocks and watches on display; listen to the resonant chimes of a royal Qing dynasty piece and gaze at China’s largest water clock, which stands at a staggering height of 6 meters (20 foot).    

After thorough exploration of the enigmatic Forbidden City, ascend to Jingshan Hill, Beijing’s highest point, to admire sweeping vistas of the city sprawl. See beautiful imperial gardens and then descend to feast upon a traditional Chinese banquet featuring Peking duck. 

Conclude your tour with a visit to the recently opened Ruins of the Great Wall, an isolated site that affords tranquil exploration of crumbling courtyards and ancient towers. Enrich your knowledge of the Great Wall’s history and capture photographs of the scenic surroundings as you stroll. 

Return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Beijing, where the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
The Forbidden City was built in 1406, which use to be Chinese Imperial Palace in Ming and Qing Dynasty. With over 180 acres and collection of great halls, you will see antiques and treasures representing all of China's history. The visits are also including Treasure Gallery and Clock Exhibition Hall.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)
Jingshan Hill is the highest point in Beijing city. Built in the Liao and Jin Dynasties, Jingshan has a history of almost one thousand years, where you may bird-view the whole Forbidden City and Beijing. As one of the best-preserved imperial gardens enjoying the longest history in china, it is also an important part of the imperial palace.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Longhuachun Dalian Seafood Dumplings
Dining on world-famous Peking Duck is an absolute must-do in Beijing you can't say you've eaten Peking Duck until you've eaten it in Beijing, where it is made as it should be! On your evening out in Beijing you'll discover the culinary secrets in carving the duck correctly and eating it Beijing style.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Great Wall at Badaling
For this tour, you will visit Ruin Great Wall at Badaling. Very few people know the part of the Ruins of the Great Wall. You will be able to climb the Wall and take in the panoramic views at the top.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Infants age 2 and under are free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hantang International Travel Service

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Seeing the Forbidden City is absolutely necessary in Beijing, but a private tour is strongly recommended." See review

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Forbidden City Great, but rest of tour questionable
drwojo816
, Dec 2018
Seeing the Forbidden City is absolutely necessary in Beijing, but a private tour is strongly recommended. It is crazy crowded every day, and even worse on the weekends. Group tours will slow you down, and you will not see areas of the City, like the Treasure room, that group tours do not see. Unbelievable history here. A highlight was having a calligraphy poster done by the master calligrapher of the Forbidden City. Super cool souvenir. The Great Wall Ruins at Badaling are quite a ride. Hardly any tourists in this area. It is quite a hike. Interesting to see, but not sure it is worth the trip. This tour is good, but not great. You stop for lunch at a restaurant attached to a Jade dealer. Tourist trap. On the way back, you stop at a tea dealer. Again, tourist trap. I don't expect this in a private tour. Forbidden City was great, but the rest of the day's activities were frankly not too special.
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Great way to see the wall. Avoids...
Shaneel Ali
, May 2017
Great way to see the wall. Avoids all the crowds and the car rides were filled with history and great sites.
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Our guide, Carolyn, and the driver...
Diane Y
, Apr 2017
Our guide, Carolyn, and the driver arrived on time. We drove to the park, climbed to the top, and viewed the Forbidden City and all of Beijing. Great views. Next we headed to the Forbidden City. Carolyn was very knowledgeable, but avoided the main areas because there were too may tourists. But that's what we came to see! Instead we walked around the other areas. The treasures we saw were not very impressive and did not match the pictures. I sort of felt like we missed the true treasures due to repairs or something of that sort. We stopped at a silk place along the way. Then we headed off to the Great Wall. Stopped for lunch at a jade place. Lunch was peking Duck, but not very good. The tea was even luke-warm. Carolyn and the driver decided to take us to a remote section of the wall rather than the tourist section at Badaling. Honestly, we were disappointed. We climbed what we could but there really wasn't that much. Of course the views were great, but I can't help feeling that we missed out. Then we headed back into the city. We asked to see Tiannemen Square, so we did a drive-by. Also drove past the Bird's nest and Swim Cube. Then we headed back to the hotel. And that was it.
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I booked the VIP Beijing's Forbidden...
Tricia
, Apr 2017
I booked the VIP Beijing's Forbidden City with Treasure Gallery and Great Wall for myself and three friends. It was an expensive tour but I thought it would be worth it because how often do you get to go to Beijing on vacation. The tour was suppose to start between 7:30 - 8:00am and would last until around 4:00pm. When no one showed up at the hotel we called and the company and we were told that the hotel was contacted and could not find our booking therefore, the guide was not coming. We explained that we were at the hotel and waiting and a guide finally showed up at 9:00am. We went to the Forbidden City first and it was okay -- our guide was somewhat knowledgeable but not very enthusiastic. The treasury room was completely under construction and there were only a few pieces of jade to see. Very disappointing but not the tour's fault. Next we went for lunch before visiting the Great Wall. The lunch was in a jade tourist trap sales room. We had to listen to an entire sales pitch for jade and then we were encourage to shop in the showroom with over priced statues and jewelry. Lunch was in a dirty side room and was mediocre at best. Lastly, we went to the Great Wall however, the guide said that the part of the wall we were supposed to go to would be too long of a walk so we were going to a different section. The section of wall he took us to was Badaling - and was okay - but crowded the MOST touristy part of the wall by far and not exceptional - and that would be fine if we had not paid so much money for the tour. Overall, the day was good - but not VIP good.
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I must say we were a little...
dianne
, Dec 2016
I must say we were a little disappointed with the part of the wall we stopped at although there were not many people there but the climb up was horrendous it was just so steep
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The tour was announced as taking...
Joachim S
, Aug 2016
The tour was announced as taking place when at least two passengers registered. It turned out that we were the only ones who had booked that tour that day. I was concerned that this could reduce the quality of the service, but I was mistaken. We had our very private tour with our own tour guide Jacky Lee and driver in an air-conditioned limousine. The guide provided a lot of details while visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. On our wish he focused on the Treasure Gallery there. The Peking-duck lunch was good and provided you with some insights in the peculiarities of the Chinese cuisine. The day was a public holiday with loads of tourists at the Great Wall. Since the motorway was almost blocked, the tour guide redirected the tour to a lesser known part of the Wall that had also much fewer tourists and was more scenic. The Wall was much more steeper there, too. It was also a hot day at the beginning of August, and temperatures reached 38 degrees centigrade. It took us 1 1/2 hours to reach the top of the mountain and to return. However, we were rewarded with a most impressive view of the area with the winding wall on top of the ridge. We also visited a silk and a jade manufacture and a tea ceremony shop. I acquired a silk gown and a jade ball of life'', which symbolizes three spheres of prosperous successive generations. In the tea shop I came across Pu-erh tea for the first time. This tea comes from Yunnan and is from the same tea leaves as green tea. The difference is that Pu-erh undergoes a fermentation and oxidation process over many years I bought a ten year old block. The ferments include peptide-blockers which prohibit the storage of fat in the fat cells of the human body, for which the tea is also called slimming tea''. This effect is confirmed by chemists. In all this was a very rewarding tour which offers a cross-section of insights in Chinese historical and cultural achievements.
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We had the most amazing tour with...
Ellen P
, Jul 2016
We had the most amazing tour with our personal guide (Sue Lyn) and driver. We enjoyed Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, went to a climb the Great Wall. Our guide even arranged a special lunch for my husband who has a very limited diet, while I enjoyed a very tasty Peking duck that was delicious!
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star-5
We very much enjoyed this tour. It...
jennifer m
, Jun 2016
We very much enjoyed this tour. It was just my husband and me with a private guide named Goo. He was very knowledgeable and patient answering all our questions and explaining the Forbidden City. He took us to the Badaling section of the wall but beyond where the crowds are. We were virtually alone in a mountainous part of the wall. It was breathtakingly beautiful and the weather in May was perfection! This was a true highlight of our time in Beijing. Highly recommend and couldn't say enough nice things about our guide Goo.
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The quality of the tour was...
aleksei g
, Jan 2016
The quality of the tour was acceptable but not perfect. There were only two of us on this tour that day and all along the tour I felt that our guide was not doing his best, he made everything to finish the tour as fast as possible. Forbidden city treasury visit was left almost without comments and we rushed through the galleries of the forbidden city as if somebody was chasing us. Lunch was poor and beijing duck served was cold and disgusting.
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star-5
This was an excellent trip, the tour...
J H
, Oct 2015
This was an excellent trip, the tour guide took us to a part of the wall, that was private and away from the crowds. After speking with other folks who went to the more touristy parts of the wall, I am so pleased we payed that bit extra and had the wall almost to ourselves. The guide was very knowledgable and kept us informed about the Forbidden city, we also went to a silk factory and other points of interest. Overall, money very well spent, would thoroughly recommend this trip to everyone.
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