Forbidden City: Private Guided Walking Tour + Photo Option

4.2 / 5

18 reviews

Forbidden City: Private Guided Walking Tour + Photo Option

From $64.25 per person

Explore the heart of Beijing on this 4-hour guided small group walking tour. Learn about the 600-hundred-year-old history of the Forbidden City. Choose to enjoy the breathtaking views on top of Jingshan Park.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 4 - 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Chinese, English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Enjoy a nice walk in the world’s largest city square
  • Learn about the history of Forbidden City on small group tour
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Forbidden City with amazing photo spot on top of Jingshan Park (optional)
Full description
Stroll through the world’s largest city square and see the famous Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes and Great Hall of the People. Enjoy a 20-minute walk from Tiananmen to the Forbidden City. The tour route will follow the axle wire of Forbidden City where all main palaces located and end at the Imperial Garden. You will leave Forbidden City from the Northern Gate. If the photo spot option is selected, you will follow the steps to Jingshan Park in the back of the palace, which served as a garden of the royal families during the Ming and Qing dynasties. You can enjoy an amazing view of the Forbidden City on top of the Jingshan Park with the best angle for Instagram photo. The tour will conclude outside the park.  
  • Admission ticket to the Forbidden City
  • Admission ticket for Jingshan Park (if option selected)
  • English-speaking or Chinese-speaking tour guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Meals

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the ticket office of China Railway Museuem Zhengyangmen Branch

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  • Please wear shoes that are appropriate for walking long distances.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 18 reviews

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We absolutely loved our guide, Rico. I went with my husband and his parents on a Saturday and he made sure to meet us at a location that was extremely easy to locate him. Rico gave us so much historical information throughout the tour and every time I would point out even something that looked small (such as a small statue sitting on building that was barely visible) he was able to explain the significance, history, and even the exact number of them that were in the City. The crowds are hard not to get stuck in but he always seemed to be able to find a path that would allow us to avoid them as much as possible. He told us some really interesting stories about the royal family histories at each location in a way that made you feel like it was happening right in front of you. I've taken a lot of guided tours but this was easily one of my favorites.

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November 27, 2019

great day and tour except bob was 50 min late and did not make time up at the end of tour. As he was the local we would of expected him to know about rail closers and crowed control check points at Tiananmen Square that made access hard but he did not know anything about them, hard to accept as we had found this all out ourself and had adjusted our plans to make it on time to meet him

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October 10, 2019

Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City are amazing places to see, there is no doubt. We were lucky that our Sunday morning tour on September 1st was not so busy as it was at the end of the Chinese holiday period - even so there were a LOT of visitors, and it was very hot, even at 8.30am!! An umbrella for shade (supplied by our guide) was useful and much appreciated. We were a little surprised that very few of the rooms in The Forbidden City are open to see. Most of the tour involved looking at the buildings from the outside, plus some museum areas displaying ceramics and brass. We enjoyed the small garden area towards the North gate, but our guide didn’t seem at all interested in this and did not stop here really. I think this was the most frustrating thing for us. We booked a 4.5 hour tour and finished about 45 minutes early, but at the same time we felt very rushed in some areas.

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September 2, 2019

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