Beijing: Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

Location: Beijing, China

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  • Tour Beijing’s Forbidden City with a Chinese historian
  • Learn about the lives of the emperors throughout China's history
  • See Tiananmen Square, the Hall of Mental Cultivation, the Gate of Supreme Harmony, and more


  • 3 Hours

  • Meet on Donghuamen Street (东华门街)right where it crosses Beichizi Street (北池子大街) going north and Nanchizi Street (南池子大街) going south. Your group will meet outside the Industrial & Commercial Bank (ICBC, 工商银行). You can show the following to your driver: 我要去东华门街近北池子大街. You are prepaid for your walk; however, you will need to bring along 60 RMB per person to purchase your tickets to the Forbidden City.

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What You Can Expect

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    Forbidden City

    About 3 hours

    Experience a tour that focuses on the symbolism and orientation of architecture of the Forbidden City. With a Chinese historian as your guide you’ll spend 3 hours walking around the numerous courtyards and gates that run from the Emperor's Throne out through the southernmost gate of the city and into the world beyond. Discover what life was like in the city for the Emperor and his officials. Beginning in Tiananmen Square at the Gate of Heavenly Peace, your tour will venture inside the Forbidden City's walls to discover its many courtyards and pavilions. You’ll walk through the Gate of Supreme Harmony to see the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Forbidden City's largest construction, which features intricately carved and painted walls. Depending on the interests of your group, the tour may include a visit to the Forbidden City's outer palaces including the Hall of Middle Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony. The Cinnabar Stone Staircase, the Eastern Palaces and the recently remodeled Ningshou Palace are also possible stops along the way. The tour ends with a visit to the Inner Palaces, where you’ll learn about the Ming Emperors and the Hall of Mental Cultivation–the residence of the last Manchu rulers.


    • Private 3-hour guided walking tour of the Forbidden City
    • Forbidden City entrance ticket (CNY 60, approximately)
    • Food and beverages
    • Gratuity (optional)
    • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
    • Children are encouraged to join
    • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message. No-shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within 2 business days need to be made with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored
    • You will get our confirmation email
    • You will get our electronic voucher
    • Local operator will contact you

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