Forbidden City
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Our most recommended Forbidden City Day Trips

  • From Beijing: Great Wall & Forbidden City Full-Day Trip

    1. From Beijing: Great Wall & Forbidden City Full-Day Trip

    Your 8-hour tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel between 7:00 AM-7:30 AM, followed by a 1-hour drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. You will have 2 hours at the Great Wall to hike by yourself or you can choose the cable car option to get to the highest point. After your visit to the Great Wall, you’ll continue on to a restaurant near the Ming Tombs for a traditional Chinese lunch. Next, head to Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. Marvel at its expanse before heading on to the Forbidden City, the final stop on the tour. The Royal Palace at the Forbidden City is the world’s largest royal palace. Spend around 2 hours exploring this vast site before the transfer back to your hotel. During the day, there will also be opportunities to visit jade factory shops and Chinese medicine shop with a foot massage. When the tour is finished you will be t...

    Leon, our guides, has been really kind with us. He guided us all day long, his tour has been full and detailed.

  • Beijing: Great Wall Hike and Forbidden City Private Tour

    2. Beijing: Great Wall Hike and Forbidden City Private Tour

    Join a private tour to the most popular attractions in Beijing, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. All transportation is included, plus an expert local guide, so you can really get out there and explore the wonders of China's ancient capital.  No trip to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall. The majority of the wall which exists today was built by the Ming Dynasty to keep out invaders from the north. With its steep winding exterior, the Great Wall is perhaps one of the world's most iconic tourist attractions, and certainly one of China's most captivating sights. This full-day adventure will take you to see the amazing Great Wall at Juyongguan, one of the three most famous passes along the wall, from which many ancient towers and temples can be seen. You will be hiking for 1.5 hours to help you understand the sheer size and scale of the wall.  You'll also be s...

  • Beijing: Private Night Photo Tour

    3. Beijing: Private Night Photo Tour

    Benefit from a pickup and meet your guide at your hotel's lobby before heading to the first spot, the Qianmen Main Street. Marvel at the historic commercial street near Tian'anmen Square.  Take some great photos with the iconic Zhengyangmen Arrow Tower and find the beauty of the restored architecture and famous restaurants. If you haven't had the dinner yet, feel free to ask your guide for recommendations before hitting the next spot. Visit the futuristic National Opera Centre with the colorful night adding the reflection of the water surface to the signature spaceship photo. See the historic monuments and visit the photo spots in Tian’anmen Square for Forbidden City, its corner tower, and the Jingshan Park. Take a look at the unseen sides of these famous architectures. Take a stroll in Yandai Byway Hutongs to explore the night market and the adjacent local's favorite Back Lake and S...

  • Beijing: Private City Highlights Tour on Car

    4. Beijing: Private City Highlights Tour on Car

    Begin your journey of Beijing City with a hotel pickup where you will meet your driver and guide who will take care of you throughout the day. Head straight to Forbidden City, Beijing's most iconic royal palace, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour and tell you the stories of the ancient emperors and the royal families. Look up to admire the lovely roofs adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent Hall of Supreme Harmony and the picturesque gardens at the Imperial Garden behind the three main halls.  During your 1-hour lunch pause, ask your guide for some food recommendations or be treated to an authentic Chinese lunch experience if you selected the lunch tour option. Next, head to the Summer Palace, another UNESCO world heritage site and a masterpiece displaying Chinese landscape garden design. Though built hundreds of years ago, everything is man-ma...

    Very good overview tour with very engaged tour guide (Helen) and good command of English. Very knowledgeable.

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What people are saying about Forbidden City

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 411 reviews

Our tour guide Jackson was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip; informative, good time scale for all elements and perfect for our layover. We got to see Tiananmen Square as the flag was hoisted, army marching through, the Forbidden City, lunch on the way and the Great Wall. We had 2 hours at the wall, which was plenty of time with our 8 year old son. Yes we did visit a Jade carving shop and tea house and see the demonstrations but felt no obligation to buy anything. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. The bus was small but comfortable and there were just 7 people on our tour. Jackson’s English wS excellent and he talked us through all historical detail of each site.

We really enjoyed this tour! The forbidden city was very interesting and we were given just enough time to see the important parts. We were also taken to tea presentation that was impressive to watch and we liked it. The Great Wall at the end of the day was amazing. We went up on the cable car and down the toobogan. So much fun, will definitely recommend. If I'm being picky, I just wished we had stayed less time at the Jade store (45min) and more time at the Great Wall (1.30hr). Lunch was great too though!

My guide is as Sabrina and she was great! I think that the guide is very important in a tour and can make the difference between amazing and ok :) Even though I traveled some, I felt like the entire group was one team! The tour was excellent length for winter time (but cold outside than I am used to). Probably in the summer is worth taking one full day in the wall for tracking.

Leon, went above amd beyond with these tour. I been in many different ones around the world...& front first hand this one has been a great experience i have the chance I would repeat the same tour again. Gracias leon for your patience with my group.

Leon, our guides, has been really kind with us. He guided us all day long, his tour has been full and detailed.