In-depth Forbidden City Tour With Royal Icehouse Dining Experience - Beijing

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Guide will meet you in your Beijing hotel lobby
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • 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.


This 6-hour private tour is specially designed for the travelers who want to fully explore the Forbidden City. Besides the main buildings along the central axis, you will also visit some newly open area, such as the Turret, to have a birds view of the Forbidden city; see the Porcelain exhibition, former Imperial Library,Horologe Room (former ancestral temple), Treasure Rooms (former residence of the abdicated Emperor Qianlong) and a lot more. In addition, you will enjoy your lunch in one of the Icehouses in Forbidden city, and receive a free gift with your name painted inside a snuff bottle.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Lunch included
  • Free drinks included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Meet your guide at 8:30 a.m. and start the tour from the East Gate of the Forbidden city. You will first walk along the beautiful moat, and then get inside the Forbidden City through the South Gate.

Main attractions as below:

  • City Wall and East Gate: Walk on the newly opened city wall to overlook the amazing Forbidden City; access to the East Gate to see the exhibition of the building materials of the Forbidden City.
  • Wenhua Hall and Wenyuan Pavilion: Former residence of the crown prince and now the porcelain exhibition room; one of the two buildings in the Forbidden City with black roof, dedicated to storing imperial books.
  • Three main halls in the outer court: Used by the emperor to work or celebrate important occasions, to treat high ranking officials, or to meet close officials before going to work.
  • Ningshou Palace Complex: First built as the living quarter for the abdicated Emperor Qianlong and later taken by Empress Dowager Cixi as a private residence. It is the largest palace complex inside the Forbidden City with a beautiful Nine Dragon Screen, a small but exquisite garden, the largest theatre, as well as some other buildings which are used for exhibiting treasures now.
  • Three main halls in the inner palace: They were the living quarters of the Emperor and Empress, as well as for the emperor to handle daily state affairs.
  • Cining Palace Complex: It's the residential area of the Empress Dowager and imperial concubines with a beautiful garden. You will access some newly opened houses to see the living and sitting rooms which are opened to tourists for the first time.
During this tour, you will have a very unique lunch experience at one of the Ice Houses of the Emperor. It used to be the Ice storage warehouse of the royal family.

After your tour is finished, your guide will send you back to your hotel.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport in a comfort Uber vehicle

Lunch with soft drinks/beer

Mineral water

A snuff bottle with your name painted inside

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Entry/Admission - The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum


Personal expenses

Wine (available to purchase)


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

In order to get your Skip The Line Forbidden City entrance ticket, please provide each travelers name and passport number upon booking

This tour involves quite some walking, please wear comfortable shoes

Wheelchair and porter service is available to purchase at the entrance

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 01-Oct-2019

    I was impressed with the follow up and punctuality of our guide Angie. She contacted us the day before to make sure we were on time and ready for our tour. We visited the Forbidden City and had dinner in a local restaurant. Angie did a very good job explaining us all the details about the Forbidden City. Instead of having dinner at the Icehouse, we went to a local restaurant, It was grate to have Angie there to helped us with the order, excellent dinner, very nice local restaurant and very good conversation. Al lot of food and very good variety of local dishes.

  • 19-Sep-2019

    We booked this private tour as we have an elderly lady who need more attention touring this Forbidden city.
    We are extremely glad to have Lily as our guide as she was very accommodating and patiently pacing us thru out the entire tour.
    Lily took extra care of the elderly in our group and at the same time explaining in details of the history of this large palace.
    Lunch at the Royal Ice House was a disappointment. food was not unique and service not up to mark.
    Overall a great experience.

  • 07-May-2019

    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!!

  • 27-Dec-2017

    Our tour guide, Helen Zhang, took us through an amazing experience. Her immense knowledge of both the history and the culture of the Forbidden City really gave us an insight into the significance of this majestic estate. The 72-hectare area is overwhelming at first but Helen's pace and ability to dodge the busy crowds really made a difference. We felt much more enriched with information as we left the Forbidden City than we otherwise would have and it's all thanks to Helen! After this, she continued to help us navigate through Beijing via WhatsApp, even giving us hand written directions in both English/Chinese to help us get to the Great Wall 2 days later. It's been nearly a week since our visit to the Forbidden City and meeting Helen but we still keep in touch via WeChat. She was absolutely amazing and highly recommend her service!

  • 01-Nov-2017

    Tour was fantastic, we walked all over the Forbidden City and saw many unique items we would never have found on our own. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made the trip extremely entertaining and informative. Lunch was great and enjoyed in a unique atmosphere right in the center of the palace.I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants an in-depth visit to a large portion of the Forbidden City.

  • 19-Jun-2017

    Great tour guide and the food was delicious and a nice temporary escape from the heat!

  • 03-Jun-2017

    Helen was an amazing guide. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Forbidden City and made the tour interesting for all of us including the kids. She was very good at making sure we saw all the important buildings. The Forbidden City is HUGE so you cannot possibly see it all in one day but with Helen, we felt we saw quite enough of it to be completely satisfied. Lunch at the Ice House was very good as well with many meal options to choose from. Overall this was a great all day tour that I would recommend for all ages. Our group consisted of 2 adults, 2 kids ages 9 and 12 and 2 grandparents!