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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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    What to Expect
    Your tour begins with a pickup from your central Beijing hotel by your private guide at a time of your choosing.

    The first stop of the day is Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world, with space for up to one million people. As you stroll around the grand square, learn more about its importance throughout history and hear about the many significant political events that have taken place in the square.

    Continue to the Forbidden City, once the epicenter of the Imperial City and the largest ancient palace complex in the world. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site, admiring the palatial buildings and cultural relics that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

    After passing through the grand Meridian Gate into the 250-acre (100-hectare) imperial palace complex, your tour can be tailored to your preferences. Perhaps uncover the many treasures on display in the Palace Museum; visit the Hall of Ancestral Offerings (Clocks Gallery); or stroll around the maze of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens.

    Your tour ends at the east wing of the Forbidden City, from where you can continue sightseeing independently or make your own way back to the hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your tour guide will pick you up from your Beijing city hotel - within the 3rd ring road, if your hotel outside of the city, you can travel to Bejing Urban Planning Center to meet your tour guide
    Return Details
    Concludes at the Forbidden City
    • Professional guide
    • Private tour
    • Hotel pickup only(but not including the transportation fee to Tian'anmen Square)
    • Entrance fee
    • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    • Transportation to the Forbidden City
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Gratuities
    • Additional entrance fee to the museums
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Passport name, number is required at time of booking for all participants
    • 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
    • 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
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    My tour with Susan was excellent. Her English was great and she was able to answer all of my questions. I highly recommend going to the Forbidden City with a guide. If you go on your own there isn't much signage and everything looks like...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Justin R
    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    Lucy was awesome! She spoke really good English. She arrived at our hotel on time and we walked from the hotel and caught public transportation. Things were a bit hectic because of the Public Holiday but she was able to manage it well. Once we...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Eboni M
    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Linda explained everything well, was patient in answering all our questions and most importantly she explained things in a more abstract sense than give us a bunch of facts. We enjoyed the tour very much and highly recommend it.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank ABPSNTravellers
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    Tour was very informative and interesting. Lucy was the perfect tour guide allowing us to choose where we wanted to visit and what we were most interested in. This is a must do and you must request Lucy! Thanks again!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank bkerr012
    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    First time in Beijing must see forbidden city attraction exceeded our expectations through the expert eyes of our delightful guide Sophie.

    Thank dd854
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    3 July 2019|
    Response from larryk428 | Reviewed this property |
    I’m afraid I just participated in the tour. I’m sure the tour company could answer your question. Good luck.
    25 August 2018|
    Response from volkera171 | Reviewed this property |
    Yes. They have several starting hours.
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