4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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From $74.00

192 reviews   (4.91)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: china, china

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


What is a better way to have a deep tour of the Forbidden city with your private guide the whole time? Embark on this 4-hour walking tour, you will explore the most famous parts in the Forbidden City. Visit the Tienanmen Square. Walking from the Hall of the Supreme Harmony, where the emperor handled state affairs to The Garden of Mental Cultivation-the emperor's bedroom. This in-depth tour charts the stories behind the Forbidden city's sacred sites.

What's Included

Entrance fee

Hotel pickup only(but not including the transportation fee to Tian'anmen Square)

Private tour

Professional guide

What's Not Included

Additional entrance fee to the museums


Hotel drop-off

Transportation to the Forbidden City

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 90

Additional Info

  • All areas and surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Passport name, number is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • 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
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • The visit to Tiananmen Square is not guaranteed, it might be closed due to the government events.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.

What To Expect

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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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.

• Admission Ticket Free

Your tour guide will offer detailed explanation about these sites. Feel free to ask questions if you have.

• Admission Ticket Free

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.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

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.

• Admission Ticket Free

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.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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)

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Friendly and knowledgeable guide
Jonathan_F, 03-07-2022
It was a great experience. Our guide took us on the subway. He was very helpful navigating the Covid protocols. The tour was great. He was very knowledgeable, knew his way around the forbidden city, and had interesting annedotes for everything. He was also flexible and able to adjust the tour so our daughter could rest. Would definitely book again.
5 stars! Book as soon as possible!
latoyaj632, 02-05-2021
My daughter and I had the pleasure of having Qing as our tour guide. We had a great experience. Qing was very knowledgeable and added funny commentary to engage my 9 year old daughter, whom is not interested in History (yet)! We learned a lot about Chinese history and culture, with the added benefit of being allowed to take ample time to take a multitude of pictures. Qing has hosted this tour for many years, so she provided us with tips to take the most flattering shots in this historical venue. I would definitely recommend Qing when taking this tour. We will remember this experience forever.
Fantastic tour of the Forbidden City
taycolld, 19-04-2021
We had a fantastic tour with Qing to the Forbidden City. She was excellent with her communication beforehand and advised us on all the documentation we need. And met us at the entrance and helped us through the various security checks.

From there we explored Tiannamen Square where Qing explained the stories behind all of the various buildings that surround the square as well as the monuments within the square. She happily took photos for us.

We then entered the Forbidden Palace where Qing made the process extremely easy and stress free for us. We walked for around 2 hours through the various courtyards. The site is absolutely spectacular and full of intrigue and history and you would expect, the scale of it is quite unbelievable really.

Overall we had an excellent 4 hours in and around the palace and Qing was brilliant throughout as a guide, full of knowledge and enthusiasm throughout. She also helped us found an excellent duck restaurant nearby! Overall we were all really happy with the tour!
Forbidden City Tour
Wildfire6924, 13-04-2021
My wife & I had the opportunity to spend the day with Susan for a tour of the Forbidden City & the Temple of Heaven. Susan picked us up from our hotel, arranged tickets in advance for everything, & helped us navigate the day. We would have been lost without her! It was obvious that Susan was knowledgeable & really cared about our experience. We would absolutely recommend Susan & Discover Beijing Tours.
JIMMY! The best!
dimarieee, 14-05-2020
This tour was AMAZING. Although it was a rainy day, Jimmy brought sunshine. He was very knowledgable, purchased our tickets, and taught us SO much. He even protected us from other tourists trying to take our pictures. He was wonderful to spend the day with and it was a great day!

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