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Forbidden City (Palace Museum)
Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

Forbidden City (Palace Museum)

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The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum, is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. Deemed off-limits to visitors for some five centuries, today this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

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Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm
4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China, 100009
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Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

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See three of Beijing’s most famous landmarks on a full-day tour that starts in the city and travels to the Great Wall of China. Start with a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, and walk by the monuments of Tiananmen Square, including Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Then depart for the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, riding in a cable car up to the ramparts then walking around for great vantage points. Learn about the sights from your informative guide throughout a memorable tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$131.78
Price varies by group size
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$131.78
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Beijing Mini Group Day Tour: Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen

Beijing Mini Group Day Tour: Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen

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See the best of Beijing plus the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu on a small-group tour that focuses on the attractions and avoids the traps of many sightseeing tours. With a guide who provides in-depth commentary and shows you the best photo ops, you'll visit Tiananmen Square, skip the line at the Forbidden City, hike on the Great Wall, and stop by Nanluoguxiang Hutong at night. You will not make stops for shopping, tea ceremonies, factory visits, or other activities that take up time.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$119.00
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$119.00
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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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Being such a densely populated city, it can be difficult to beat the crowds in Beijing. This Forbidden City admission ticket is the perfect way to ensure you have a stress-free visit with no waiting around. Your pre-booked entry can be accessed by using your passport near the main entrance, close to Tiananmen Gate. You’ll then have the freedom to walk around the palace complex and admire pagodas and beautiful architecture.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$8.80
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$8.80

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

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Enjoy an in-depth sightseeing experience over two days with this comprehensive Beijing city tour. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit major attractions like Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Transportation between attractions and lunch on both days are included. (Note: Hotel stay is not included; you must have your own accommodation in Beijing.)
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$226.14
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$226.14
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Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

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Discover some of China’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites on a full-day VIP tour of the Forbidden City and the Badaling Great Wall Ruins from Beijing. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, catch a rare glimpse of two less public sites in the Forbidden City and explore the Treasure Gallery and Clock Exhibition Hall of the Palace Museum in relative solitude. Then, venture to the atmospheric Ruins of the Great Wall to gain fascinating insight into China’s greatest engineering achievement. Feast upon a bounteous feast of Peking duck to conclude this enriching and exclusive experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

Forbidden City 4-Hour Guided Tour (Morning & Afternoon Departure)

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Choose this tour to be able to not just see, but also understand the deep history that lies behind the architectural masterpieces of the Forbidden City, the largest royal palace in the world. Without professional guidance, your trip to the Forbidden City isn't as insightful. This product is created for those who would like to spend more time in the Forbidden City to completely understand the rich imperial culture it has to offer. We will take 4 hours to walk around and fully view the palace complex, covering the West, East, and Central Line. You will be able to board the Meridian Gate, take a closer look at the elegant turrets, visit the museums, see the distinctive Royal Garden, and the Royal Family Residence, experiencing a valuable journey through the Forbidden City.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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$25.00

Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

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See three of the top attractions in and around Beijing with a guide on this full-day private tour to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Private transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off is included, as well as entrance fees, lunch, and a ticket for the round-trip cable car or toboggan ride at the Great Wall.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.00
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$202.00
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8 Days China Tour Beijing - Xian - Shanghai (Golden Triangle)

8 Days China Tour Beijing - Xian - Shanghai (Golden Triangle)

Visit three of China’s most in-demand cities, discover multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites, and leave the logistics to someone else—this 8-day tour of China’s Golden Triangle takes all the hassle out of planning a trip. Discover Beijing’s highlights (from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City), explore the Great Wall of China, visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, and finish the tour in ultra-modern Shanghai. Hotel accommodation, city transfers, guided tours, and most meals are included in the cost.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,395.00
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$1,395.00

Private Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

Private Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

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While on layover at Beijing Capital International Airport, let a personal guide show you the highlights around Beijing. Spend time exploring the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Forbidden City. You'll also visit Tiananmen Square and eat a Chinese lunch. Round-trip airport transport by private vehicle is included on this full-day tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.00
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$208.00
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2-Day Combo Package: Beijing City Tour and Great Wall at Mutianyu w/Lunch

2-Day Combo Package: Beijing City Tour and Great Wall at Mutianyu w/Lunch

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Discover Beijing’s top attractions like the Summer Palace, and visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, on this 2-day tour. It’s the ideal way to save time if you’re only in Beijing for a short time and want to experience as much as possible, while still traveling in comfort. Lunch is provided, and you won’t have any language barriers as you’ll have a guide to translate.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.00
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$98.00

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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Enhance your sightseeing experience in Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most captivating sights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City; absorb the majestic charm of the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven; and stroll around the legendary Tiananmen Square. Relax during a scenic bus ride; purchase special souvenirs in the bustling Pearl Market; and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.00
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$83.00
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2 Days Beijing Group Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port without Shop Stops

2 Days Beijing Group Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port without Shop Stops

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This tour suitable for cruises: Westerdam, Celebrity Millennium, Norwegian Spirit, Amsterdam, Cunard Queen Mary 2, Azamara Quest, etc. Our group tour guarantee you to see the most popular attractions at a comparatively price. Besides, it has the following highlight points: 1. Our group tours are self- organized by our tour company rather than other agencies, that is, you won’t join in a group with tourists from several other tour operators. 2. Share a guide and driver but their special treatment makes you feel like part of a friendly family. 3. Nice experience to meet people from all over the world and share your feeling about trip.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$245.34
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$245.34

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$8.99
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$8.99
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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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The UNESCO-listed Forbidden City is Beijing’s most visited attraction with over 14 million annual visitors, and it has the traffic to match. This half-day walking tour ensures you maximise your time, with a private guide, pre-paid entrance tickets, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.00
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$74.00
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14-Day Small-Group China Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing and Shanghai

14-Day Small-Group China Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze River Cruise, Chongqing and Shanghai

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Take in the highlights of China over 14 days while traveling with a knowledgeable guide to Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shanghai and the Yangtze River. Visit the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Great Wall of China while in Beijing, then see Xi’an highlights including the Terracotta Warriors. See traditional architecture and giant pandas in Chengdu, then board a 2-night Yangtze River cruise to Three Gorges Dam. Take in modern and historical parts of Shanghai at the end of a memorable tour that includes 13 nights of accommodation.
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  • 14 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$2,733.00
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$2,733.00
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 2-Day Small-Group Tour of Beijing Highlights

2-Day Small-Group Tour of Beijing Highlights

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Spend two days taking in the highlights of Beijing with a group of no more than six travelers. Start in the city with a tour of monumental Tiananmen Square, the iconic Forbidden City, and then it's on to see the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, walking along the ramparts of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed structure. Returning to Beijing, make a photo stop at the National Stadium (aka Bird's Nest, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics) then visit the Nanluoguxiang area. The next day, visit the Temple of Heaven enjoy a rickshaw ride through the old Hutong district, and conclude the tour at the Summer Palace.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$219.00
Price varies by group size
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$219.00
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8-Day Small-Group China Tour to Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, No Shopping

8-Day Small-Group China Tour to Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, No Shopping

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Explore China with an informative guide on an 8-day tour that includes Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs (Sacred Way), Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, and the Terracotta Warriors. Learn about China’s past at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an and while touring Beijing’s hutoings, and see cultural attractions including Yu Gardens, the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang. Your tour includes accommodations, two flights, transportation, entrance fees and some meals.
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,319.00
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$1,319.00
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Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

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Take advantage of your long Beijing layover with a private chauffeured transfer to the Great Wall and city center. Enjoy the freedom to customize the itinerary based on your interests and time constraints.  After arrival at PEK airport, your driver is ready to take you to your chosen attractions. Relax in private transportation for the duration of the tour and return to the airport with ample time to catch your flight.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Forbidden City Walking Tour in Hanfu Costume and Photo Shooting Experience

Forbidden City Walking Tour in Hanfu Costume and Photo Shooting Experience

Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around the Forbidden City in the style of the traditional Chinese Hanfu costume. Get dressed in your favorite Hanfu and other accessories. Then walk to Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City with your knowledgable tour guide who will dressed in Hanfu and walk with you, offer the detailed commentary along the way. Skip the line at the Forbidden city, its a fun way to experience the culture of the Chinese traditional costume and learn about the history at the same time.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.00
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$126.00
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Explore Beijing with camera--City Walk tour with Professional photography guide

Explore Beijing with camera--City Walk tour with Professional photography guide

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Explore Beijing with camera—Visit 600 years old Forbidden City--One of Beijing's Top 7 place, Old Beijing Hutongs: taset local food,walk through local Temple,market.... Professional and friendly; We’re together,we’re happy.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.94
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$94.94

Beijing Highlight Tour: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall

Beijing Highlight Tour: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall

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Tiananmen Square, the the Mutianyu Great Wall, and theForbidden City are some of the top attractions in the Beijing area. See them all in one day on this tour of the city, which is conducted in a comfortable coach and led by an English-speaking guide. This tour also includes hotel pickup and drop-off from your centrally located Beijing hotel and a typical Chinese lunch.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.50
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$39.50

2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour

2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour

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With a maximum of six travelers for intimacy and speed, small-group travel doesn’t get much smaller than this door-to-door tour. Say goodbye to long lines with VIP access to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall at Mutianyu; explore the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace; checkoff Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park, and the Beijing National Stadium; and enjoy two delicious lunches. Upgrade to add an evening Acrobat Show.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$198.00
Price varies by group size
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$198.00
Price varies by group size

Shore Excursion: 2-Day Private Beijing Sightseeing Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port

Shore Excursion: 2-Day Private Beijing Sightseeing Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port

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When your cruise ship drops anchor at Tianjin Cruise Port, make the most of your time in China on a private 2-day shore excursion to Beijing and the Great Wall of China. With a personal guide, tick off top Beijing attractions such as Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace). Plus, you also visit the Great Wall of China, one of the New7Wonders of the World. Port pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and two lunches are included. Please note, accommodation is not included.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$598.00
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$598.00
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Skip-The-Line Private Layover Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City

Skip-The-Line Private Layover Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City

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A Beijing layover doesn’t have to mean hours stuck in the airport. If you have at least 10 hours between flights, check off not one but two UNESCO World Heritage sites on this private guided tour. Skip the long lines at Mutianyu Great Wall, tuck into a dumpling lunch, then enjoy priority access to the Forbidden City before returning to the airport for your onward flight.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$208.00
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$208.00
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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) hours of operation: Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Forbidden City (Palace Museum) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1016 Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Forbidden City (Palace Museum) costs USD 5.34. Guided Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tours start around USD 5.34 per person. See all 1016 Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tickets and tours on Viator.