Take a 3-hour walking tour through Beijing's vast and historic Forbidden City. A knowledgeable Chinese historian will tell you how a succession of 24 emperors dealt with the multi-ethnic empire of China from the 15th through the 20th centuries.
What to Expect
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
What's Not Included
- Forbidden City entrance ticket (CNY 60, approximately)
- Food and beverages
- Gratuity (optional)
Know Before You Go
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.