Half Day Forbidden City Tour

Half Day Forbidden City Tour
  • Learn more about how ancient emperors lived their lives in the Forbidden City.
  • Entrance tickets included. No need to worry about tickets on your own.
  • Listen to live English interpretation along the way and you may have your own Q & A sessions.
  • Choose a small group tour or private tour which includes hotel pickup.
  • Admire the architecture of the Forbidden city, visit the Imperial Garden, Discover the stories and historical figures behind the Forbidden City's old courtyards, palaces, pavilions, and gardens.

Private tour or small group tour
Book in Advance (recommended)
Because Forbidden City limits daily number of visiting tourists, so the online tickets are often sold out in the first minute of open for sale time. For tourists who did not get online ticket, we still have a way to get tickets for you if you book a great wall trip with us or book this guided tour.
For Private tour: We arrange car pickup you from your hotel to east gate of Forbidden city(Donghuamen), start time is flexible.
For Small group tour: we meet at the South Gate of Forbidden City, 9:00am. (All tourists by taxi can only be dropped off at East Gate - Donghuamen (东华门), please show taxi driver this Chinese text "请送我去故宫东华门". after drop off, you need walk from East Gate to South Gate, just follow other tourists walk along the red wall)
Itinerary Detail

9:00 - 13:00
Tour starts with a brief introduction of Forbidden City.
Forbidden City is the largest ancient imperial palaces complex in the world more than 600 years history. This palace is an essence of ancient Chinese architecture. We visit the Forbidden City along the axis from south to north for about 4 hours. You will visit the most important buildings along the middle axis of the palace, then visit two courtyards in the west chamber, be immersed in their history explained by your licensed and passionate guide.Visit scenic spots:
1. The meridian gate, 2.  The hall and the courtyard of supreme harmony, 3. the hall of supreme harmony, 4. the hall of complete harmony, 5. the hall of preserving harmony, 6. the huge marble ramp, 7. the hall of union, 8. the palace of earthly tranquility, 9. the imperial garden, etc.Lastly, you will visit the Imperial Garden and your tour will end here near the exit, you can choose to explore more of the Forbidden City on your own or exit the Forbidden City.

In the central heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace) remained the residence of the emperors for nearly five hundred years, from the 15th century to the early 20th century, and was the actual and symbolic seat of imperial power. Popularly known as the Forbidden City, it was built in the Ming Dynasty between the 4th and the 18th years of the Yongle period (1406 – 1420 AD). Many of the buildings of the Palace have been repaired and rebuilt, but their basic style and layout remain in their original state.

The Forbidden City

The Palace of Heavenly Peace

Many big bronze vats in the Forbidden City

 Price Including
  • Entrance ticket of the Forbidden City
  • English speaking tour guide service.
 Price Excluding
  • Taxi car fee (for private tour, we help you getting an uber/taxi, 5-7 seat car available).
  • Tips for the guide.

Other Forbidden City tours: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Forbidden City + Great Wall, Forbidden City Deeper Full Day Tour.

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