Forbidden City Private Tour With Skip-the-Line Access - Beijing

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Any time before 1:30pm (please advise your prefer pick up time upon booking). Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick you up from hotel lobby
    Hotel location within 4th ring road.
  • Return Details :
    Jinshan Park
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The tour will start from Tiananmen square, the largest central Square in the world. And the Forbidden city, known as the imperial palace of Ming and Qing dynasties (1420-1911), are called the Palace Museum now. A remarkable ancient architectural masterpiece of China. More than 15 carefully selected spots in the Forbidden city will be visited with the help of your knowledgeable tour guide. The mysterious palace of the ancient emperors is waiting for you to explore. Accompanied by our guide, you will get a pretty good idea of how the emperors handled political affairs and lived their lives


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Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Choice of morning or afternoon departure

Private guide for a more personalized experience

All entrance fees included

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Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at the time you advised as your preferred pickup time when booking. Then take local transportation , taxi or Subway (At your own cost) or walk  to Tiananmen square , the worlds largest central squares. Its located in the geographical heart of the city. Stand amid the history as your guide explains its past and points out its significant buildings.
Thereafter, youll continue into the Forbidden city shrouded with mysteries. During the walking tour, you may feel confused about the special designs and totems of the palace, especially the cultural meaning behind them.
Why there are 9 sculptures of mythical animals on the roof ridge of Hall of supreme harmony but not 8 or 10; why there are 9999.5 but not 10000 rooms in the palace; Why the eyes and ears of the stone lions in front of the Palace of Tranquility and Longevity blocked With the historical knowledge from your guide, you will gradually uncover these cultural secrets and explore a more different Forbidden city youve ever heard about.
After a close insight of the Forbidden city, you are going to exit in the north and then climb up to Jingshan park which is the best spot to overlook the panorama of the Forbidden City. Just prepare to embrace the stunning scenery.
At last, ask your guide for transportation information to your next destination before bidding farewell to your guide.


Professional guide

Private walking tour

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum


Transportation to/from attractions

Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

A maximum of 7 people per booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

All travelers Passport name, number and birthday is required at time of booking for all participants for getting your SKIP THE LINE Forbidden City entrance ticket in advance

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please wear comfortable walking shoes

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 21-Oct-2019

    Wonderful tour! Helena is a great tour guide. She met me at my hotel early (first win!), arranged for a taxi and we rode together to the tour. She is personable and incredibly knowledgeable. As this was my first trip to Beijing, she told me all about the history and culture.

    Even though it was crowded, we sped through the line at Tiananmen Square. I found out all about the area's rich history. Next was The Forbidden City - truly amazing, and so much more interesting with Helena's comprehensive knowledge.

    Our last stop, Jingshan Park was lovely. We walked to the very top and not only enjoyed the trees, flowers but amazing views. I highly recommend Helena and this tour. I'm very glad I decided to take it!

  • 16-Sep-2019

    We had a private tour of the Forbidden City last Sunday with Helena. She picked us up from the reception of our hotel promptly at 9am and we walked to the Forbidden City. On the way, Helena told us all about life in China and gave us so much information. With Helena, we could skip the long queues and we were into the Forbidden City quickly. It was a hot day and Helena was very good about stopping in the shade to talk to us so we were less exposed. She gave us a lot of interesting information and history of the Forbidden City, took plenty of pictures of us and helped us avoid the crowds. She obviously has a very in-depth knowledge of the Forbidden City and that certainly showed. We then walked up the hill at Jingshan Park to get a good view of the City below which was the perfect end to our tour. Overall, the tour was great - I would highly recommend it - and Helena was an excellent guide! Thank you!

    (NB: unfortunately due to rehearsals for the parade, Tiananmen Square was closed that day so we did not go there during this tour.)

  • 13-Sep-2019

    After searching for a one day tour of the Forbidden City based on guide reviews we decided on this one. As soon as we met our guide, April, we were not disappointed. April is knowledgeable, friendly, courteous, and professional. Walking to the Forbidden City April kept us informed of the inner workings of the area and of Beijing. Arriving at the main gate of the City April noticed it was too crowded and instead brought us through a side gate entrance where there were no lines and we entered with no problems. Once inside, April again educated us on the history of the Forbidden City and other detailed information. Would definitely recommend this tour and if possible ask for April !

  • 03-Jul-2019

    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.

  • 11-Apr-2019

    Walking through the Forbidden City was like looking through a lens into China's past. The architecture, design, and artwork were all super impressive and well worth the trip.

    We met our tour guide, April, near our hotel and she escorted us through the Subway to the Forbidden City. She was able to help us skip past extremely large crowds of people with the use of our tour guide pass which really expedited the trip- we probably would've been waiting in line for at least an hour if we did not have her help.

    Throughout the entire trip, she gave us detailed information on the history and culture of China, and the role of the Forbidden City in Chinese history. She spoke English very well and she was kind and considerate- she even gave us directions to our next destination after the excursion and helped us hail a cab!

    The one tip I would give to those considering visiting the Forbidden City: the majority of the trip is outside and we were rained on the entire time. Make sure to plan accordingly

  • 05-Apr-2019

    Tina made our tour a special experience. She found a way to interact with each member of our multi-generation group in a special way. She even got our grandson involved by getting him a flag to lead the group. It was such a special experience to learn more about Chinese history and this special place with her.

  • 18-Sep-2018

    April was amazing, very knowledgeable about the area and had plenty of stories and conversation to keep me engaged for the long walk through the forbidden city. She was even was kind enough to take me by a local street vendor to grab some quick jianbing for breakfast before driving to the square. I can't recommend April enough, she was fantastic and I will definitely be taking the tour again when I travel back to Beijing with my family.

  • 30-Apr-2018

    My Tour guide Susan was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with. She was flexible to go to the sections I wanted to see and she even stood in the rain to take photos for me. Thanks again for an amazing tour.

  • 01-Jan-2018

    I was in Beijing less than two days and wanted to take in as much as possible. I booked this 1/2 day tour of the Forbidden City through Viator to take place on the morning before I was to leave for the airport. Getting to the airport and through immigration is a whole other adventure.

    My guide, Susan, was at the hotel on time and ready to start the tour. I was the only one on the tour so it certainly was a Private Tour. It was a very cold and somewhat hazy December day in Beijing. Susan suggested we take the train, and since I had not yet experienced the Chinese public transportation, we walked a short way to the subway station. I am glad we did. It was very inexpensive and an easy trip to Tian'anman Square. There were very few people in the Square and in the Forbidden City.

    I feel extremely lucky that Susan was my guide for the tour. She was delightful to be with, very personable and knowledgeable, and easily adjusted the tour to meet my requests. We covered a lot of ground, saw Tian'anman Square, the Forbidden City, and more. I highly recommend Susan for any tour in Beijing. If I get a chance to go back, I will request her.