5-Hour Skip-the-Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing

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5-Hour Skip-the-Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing
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This ultimate Forbidden City tour will take you see 18 palaces including The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum (Treasures Museum). It will provide you a deeper understanding of what Forbidden City looks like and what the culture are behind it in 5 hours. The Forbidden City now is limited the ticket sold everyday. With this tour, no worries about the ticket, and skip the line!
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In Brief

Location:
Beijing, China
Country:
China
Duration:
5 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Skip the line
Instant Confirmation
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Informative, friendly and professional guide
All entrance fees included
Hotel pickup included
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At 8:30am, your experienced tour guide will come to pick you up in your hotel lobby in Beijing. Then you will go to explore the mysterious Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City is also called the Palace Museum. It is the largest imperial palace complex and best preserved one in the whole world. It has 9999.5 rooms in total from the Ming to Qing dynasty, 24 emperors had lived here for over 500 years.
You’ll be guided by a knowledgeable English-speaking Chinese culture expert who will present the interesting history and culture of the Forbidden City.
You’ll visit 18 different palaces in the Forbidden City.
1, Meridian Gate
2, The Hall of Literary Glory
3, The Hall of Literary Profundity
4, The Gate of Supreme Harmony
5, The Hall of Supreme Harmony
6, The Hall of Center Harmony
7, The Hall of Prreserving Harmony
8, Bird's eye view of inner palaces
9, The Dragon Marble Terrence
10, The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum (Treasures Museum)
11, Clock Museum
12, Nine Dragon Screen
13, Palace of Prolonging Happiness
14, Hall of Heavenly Purity
15, Hall of Earthly Tranquility
16, Western Chambers
17, Hall of Mental Cultivation
18, Palace of Eternal Spring
19, Imperial Garden
Your tour will end after 5 hours exploration in the Forbidden City, feel free to ask your tour guide for any tips of where to go afterwards.
Note:  all traveler names and passport number required required. You MUST provide your above info upon booking, in case the ticket sold out. You MUST have your passport with you for attending this tour.

Inclusions

  • Local taxes
  • Professional historian guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Forbidden City entrance ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Itinerary

1. Meridian Gate
2. The Hall of Literary Glory
3. The Hall of Literary Profundity
4. The Gate of Supreme Harmony
5. The Hall of Supreme Harmony
6. The Hall of Center Harmony
7. Bird's eye view of inner palaces
9. The Dragon Marble Terrence
10. The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum (Treasures Museum)
11. Nine Dragon Screen
12. Palace of Prolonging Happiness
13. Hall of Heavenly Purity
14. Hall of Earthly Tranquility
15. Western Chambers
16. Hall of Mental Cultivation
17. Palace of Eternal Spring
18. Imperial Garden

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Your centrally located hotel in Beijing

Returns To

the Forbidden City

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Infant and children must be accompanied by adult
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • All traveler names and passport number required required. You MUST provide your above info upon booking, in case the ticket sold out. You MUST have your passport with you for attending this tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Very knowledgeable private tour guide with good command of English and wealth of knowkedge of Chinese history.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2018
We had the pleasure of undertaking this tour with a wonderful guide, Linda. There was only my wife and I on the tour and Linda made sure that she kept us away from the masses that enter this magnificent site. Lindas English is excellent and her knowledge of the history of the Forbidden City is first class. The pace that she went at is to be complemented. On the day we visited the F.C. the weather was very very humid. She made sure that we rested at the right time and she gave us plenty of time to stop to buy water and even to look around the gift shops that are dotted around the F.C. She didnt rush anything and she made sure we got the most out of the tour If you are visiting Beijing this tour is a must. Linda many thanks for such a memorable tour, it was a pleasure to be in your company for over five hours. You come highly recommended
• Submitted 23 Jul 2018
Great experience that was brought to life by Lisa. We arrived in Beijing during rush hour in the morning and got to our hotel as our driver arrived to pick us up. Lisa and the rest of the tour waited a few minutes for us so we all got started at same time. I would not try to see the forbidden city alone, you will miss all the great history that only someone like Lisa is able to give and also have the perks of not having to worry about tickets or standing in long lines or any other tourist traps. Lisa made for an amazing time then gave us some local tips of where to go after the tour to fit our needs. Job well done.
• Submitted 20 May 2018
LIsa, Lillys sister was great. She arrived on time to pick us up at the hotel and the tour was great!!!!! . We didnt make any line at the entrance and she was really knowledgeable and profesional on her tour . Good humor and good English ... loved the tour .
• Submitted 02 Apr 2018
Lisa was absolutely amazing!! Very knowledgeable, personable, spoke great English and was easy to understand. She went at our pace and exceeded our expectations. I absolutely recommend taking this tour with Lisa!
• Submitted 12 Mar 2018
Lilly is a very good guide. Her English is easy to understand. Totally recommend.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2018
Our guide was most helpful and went the extra mile to insure that we had a wonderful experience. We had some mobility problems and he handled these difficulties in an exemplary fashion. This tour is very informative and interesting. We highly recommend it.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2018
Excellent tour
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
I only had 2 free days on my first trip to Beijing. The Forbidden City was a must see, so a great tour guide was essential. A 5-Hour Skip the Line Ultimate Discovery sounded like just what I was looking for and it was. Our guide met me at my hotel and we two others for the ride to the gate. Lily wisked us past the lines and into the outer palace. Everywhere we went she explained the history and pointed out important details. Her knowledge of its 600 years of history was amazing. She took us places we would never have found on our own, showed us things we'd never have noticed, and shared secrets of the City and its residents we never would have imagined. This is the best way to see the Forbidden City. And I can't imagine anyone better to be our guide than Lily.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2017
My girlfriend and I were the only ones to be part of the group tour, which can max out at 10. Our guide was friendly young Susan, who picked us up from hotel in the Shichahai neighborhood. We took a taxi from there to the south of Tiananmen Square and she paid for the fare. It was not surprising to hear from her that during her studies, there was no mention of the 1989 student rebellion at the Square. She only come to learn from being asked by the tourists. From there, we walked north and Susan was articulate about describing all the key buildings along the way. Since it was a small group and we typically walk fast, we ended up finishing the tour in about 4 hours, which was fine by us. We were there on Oct 25th, a clear but very windy and cold day. There were still tons of people rushing around the key structures for photo opps, but i was told this time of year, it was nothing compared to the summer months.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2017
It was an amazing 5 hours tour in the Forbidden city. The Guide was very nice and she has an extensive knowledge about the Chinese culture. Higly recommended.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2017
This was an amazing experience and one that will last a lifetime.Our guide Lisa was terrific and so knowledgeable making the trip so interesting for us.The size of our group4 was even better as she was able to give us so much more
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017
Amazing guide who was extremely knowledgable about Chinese history and in particular the Ming and Ching dynasties. A guided tour is really the only way to get into the amazing Forbidden City during China's 'Golden Week' as all 80,000 available daily tickets were sold out!
• Submitted 10 Oct 2017
This tour was fabulous! Lisa was our guide and she was a fountain of knowledge. She paced the day perfectly, was able to read us very well and kept the tour interesting and enjoyable. She was close when she needed to be close, and gave us time on our own when we needed it. So much to see - the hours flew by. I highly recommend this tour - you really do skip the line wow and enter from the side, which gives you the opportunity to see the area in a much calmer, quieter fashion.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2017
Had a fantastic tour with our guide Lisa...who really knew the history of the Forbidden City, all the facts and figures, but she also brought it to life with stories and background colour. She took us to the best spots and some fantastic museums inside the grounds, and made navigating the Forbidden City which is a huge site seem easy. Would highly recommend this tour, and Lisa, who was the best guide we had on our trip.
• Submitted 13 Sep 2017
We toured the Forbidden City with Lily of Lilly Tours. She was a knowledgeable guide with a clear command of English - we've had other guides who were knowledgeable but whose English was hard to understand. Lilly sent a driver to pick us up at our hotel. We then joined up with another couple for the tour. Lily got us through the sizable entrance lines with dispatch and constantly spoke to us as we walked the rather large site. Lily constantly pointed out architectural features and gave of historical context. The tour was exactly what we wanted. When the tour was over, Lily explained to each of us what out options were for getting back to our hotels. She walked us to the correct bus and made sure we had the proper tickets and knew where to get off. I definitely would recommend her to anyone in need of guide services.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2017
Susan was brilliant! We had loads of time to see and do everything we wanted. Susan ran completely on our time and was full of information - plus she spoke fantastic English. This tour was so much better then trying to do it by yourself, we learnt loads! Ask her about The Dragon Lady.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2017
Lilly's driver picked us up at the hotel at 8:00 a.m. sharp. Her driver took us to the Forbidden City Gate to meet her. We were lucky enough that we had her all for our us since no other people joined us on this day. She spoke excellent English and offered a wealth of knowledge of the Forbidden City. We avoided the long lines and she kept us at very good pace covering the main sites and taking time to take pictures. We were also interested in taking a Rickshaw tour of the Hutongs and she arranged this for us by calling one of the Rickshaw tour companies. She got on the bus with us and took us to the site to meet our Rickshaw driver and guide. She also recommended a very good dumpling restaurant where the locals eat the best dumplings in the Hutong area. Lily was excellent and made our tour a memorable experience. If you are looking for a great tour of the Forbidden city with excellent value for your money and excellent guide, this is the tour and she is your guide.
• Submitted 27 Jun 2017
Lily was a great guide- paced the tour well and gave us lots of interesting facts. Lily, car and driver picked us up from our hotel on time.Thank you for a wonderful experience.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2017
Lily was a great tour guide! She was extremely knowledgeable and patient while we took all of our photos.
• Submitted 10 Jun 2017
Lilly picked us up at the hotel at the time we request when we booked the tour. Met up with 5 other people and the excellent tour began. She spoke excellent english with a wealth of knowledge of the Forbidden City. All through the tour Lilly kept a very good pace for our group. If you are looking for a great tour of the Forbidden city with excellent value for your money this the tour to take. After the tour was finished she told the other 5 where to get a taxi. Then helped us by getting on the bus and showing us where the locals eat dumpling at Mr.Shi's and they were very tasty. The next day Lilly arranged for a all day8 hour tour of Beijing including a silk factory, Bei Park that has a very nice boat ride that the boat caption sang for the whole ride and stopped for us to take many pictures and then to a street market. We had a great time both days and highly recommend Lilly for tour in the Beijing area you will not reget going on her tours.
• Submitted 29 May 2017
The Forbidden City is a huge property. While it was my third trip, our guide showed me some areas that I had not seen, while still hitting all the highlights important for my wife's first trip.
• Submitted 16 May 2017
The half-day Excursion to a Jing's famous Square was beautiful. A young lady tour guide was very knowledgeable very friendly and a great joy to that. Thank you for an unforgettable experience in Beijing for my son and me during this half-day Adventure through Beijing.
• Submitted 15 May 2017
Lily is a very knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide. She gave us a great tour, including lots of colorful anecdotes. We were skeptical that she would really pick us up at our tiny guest house hidden in a remote hutong, but she did!! Showed up right at our door on time. Definitely book this tour
• Submitted 22 Apr 2017

In Brief

Location:
Beijing, China
Country:
China
Duration:
5 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Skip the line
Instant Confirmation
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Informative, friendly and professional guide
All entrance fees included
Hotel pickup included