Beijing's Forbidden City With Special Viewing Of Treasure Gallery And The Great Wall Ruins At Badaling

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    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 .. read more
  • 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.

Overview

Enjoy a VIP tour of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Beijing the Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall Ruins. With your expert guide, gain special entry to two of the Forbidden city's less public sites the Treasure Gallery and the Clock Exhibition Hall of the Palace Museum where youll discover imperial riches from the Ming and Qing dynasties. You will also see the famous Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace as well as Gate and Palace of Heavenly. Then, walk along the newly opened Ruins of the Great Wall, an authentic and less-traveled section with insight into Chinas magnificent past. A Chinese banquet lunch with Peking duck completes this amazing full-day experience.

Highlights

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  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Editor's Pick
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Excellent value for money
  • All entrance fees included
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

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After pickup from your Beijing hotel in the morning, your VIP tour begins with a drive to the Forbidden city, a 180-acre (74-hectare) imperial palace that housed 24 emperors since it was built in 1420. Once forbidden to all without permission from the emperor, the UNESCO World Heritage Site the worlds largest palace complex includes 980 buildings and 8,700 rooms.

When you arrive, follow your guide on a tour of the Palace Museum, exploring the worlds largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures as you view the vast collection of antique artwork and artifacts on exhibit. Your guide will enlighten you about Chinas cultural history from the Ming and Qing dynasties along the way.

Then, follow your guide on a special and intimate tour of two of the Forbidden city's hidden treasures Treasure Gallery and Clock Exhibition Hall. First, venture into the Treasure Gallery (Zhenbaoguan), situated in the northeast area of the Forbidden City. See the unique displays of royal jewelry, imperial robes and crowns, including the famous Jade Cabbage. Admire works made of gold, silver, pearl and jade as well as utensils, tea services and daily necessities of the imperial families that resided here.

Head to the Clock Exhibition Hall, where 200 clocks and watches from the imperial collection, including some Chinese-made timepieces, are on display. Here, admire the chime clock, made during the Qing Dynasty by the royal clockmakers, and the whimsical 20-foot-tall (6-meter) water clock, constructed in 1799 and the largest of its kind in China.

From the Forbidden City, head to Jingshan Hill, the highest point in Beijing city. Built during the Liao and Jin dynasties, the well-preserved imperial gardens offer a birds-eye view of the entire Forbidden City and Beijing. Afterward, dine on a typical Beijing banquet for lunch, including renowned Peking duck.

Then, follow your guide on a tour of the newly opened Ruins of the Great Wall, situated 18 miles (30 km) from the main Badaling Great Wall site. Virtually isolated, the Ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage site will afford you a tranquil exploration of its ancient forts, towers and courtyards. Follow the steps of the Chinese soldiers who once marched along the high fortification with their horses. Your guide will enlighten you about this authentic portion of the Great Wall while you enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and surrounding landscape.

You'll return to your Beijing hotel in the evening.

Inclusions

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

Chinese style lunch

Entry/Admission - The Great Wall at Badaling

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Entry/Admission - Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

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

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-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.

  • 17-May-2017

    Great way to see the wall. Avoids all the crowds and the car rides were filled with history and great sites.

  • 01-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.

  • 01-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.

  • 19-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

  • 08-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.

  • 02-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!

  • 18-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.

  • 12-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.

  • 27-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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