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4-Hour Skip-the-Line Small Group Discovery Forbidden City Tour with Hotel Pickup

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Breeze past the long entry lines to enjoy your pre-booked tour of the Forbidden City. Follow your tour guide to visit several palaces, including the lavish Antiquarium of the Palace Museum (Treasures Museum). Learn about the ancient history, culture, and traditions that helped shape the Forbidden City through your guide's engaging commentary. Entrance fees and hotel pickup in Beijing are included.
  • Skip the line for express entry
  • Guided tour of the Forbidden City and its palaces
  • Learn about the ancient, mysterious history of the Forbidden City from your guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup at Beijing hotels included
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Local taxes
Professional historian guide
Hotel pickup
Forbidden City entrance ticket
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Hotel drop-off
Food and drinks

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Traveler pickup is offered

Start your day's exploration of the Forbidden City in the morning with pickup from the lobby of your Beijing hotel. Board a comfortable tour vehicle with your guide and group and head out for the Forbidden City, one of Beijing's top attractions.

Upon arrival, bypass the long lines and whisk directly inside with your pre-booked entrance ticket. Begin your exploration of the world's largest imperial complex, also one of the best-preserved sites in the world. Also called the Palace Museum, this attraction boasts approximately 10,000 rooms in total, where 24 emperors lived for over a span of 500 years from the Ming to the Qing dynasty. Learn about the detailed, eclectic history of the site from your guide, an expert in Chinese culture, during your tour. Please see the Itinerary section for a full list of the different palaces visited during the tour. Your tour ends in the Forbidden City; you are responsible for your own transportation back to your hotel. 

Please note: all traveler names and passport numbers are required. You MUST provide your above info upon booking, in case the tickets are sold out. You MUST have your passport with you for attending this tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Start your day's exploration of the Forbidden City in the morning with pickup from the lobby of your Beijing hotel. Board a comfortable tour vehicle with your guide and group and head out for the Forbidden City, one of Beijing's top attractions. Upon arrival, bypass the long lines and whisk directly inside with your pre-booked entrance ticket. Begin your exploration of the world's largest imperial complex, also one of the best-preserved sites in the world. Also called the Palace Museum, this attraction boasts approximately 10,000 rooms in total, where 24 emperors lived for over a span of 500 years from the Ming to the Qing dynasty. Learn about the detailed, eclectic history of the site from your guide, an expert in Chinese culture, during your tour. Please see the Itinerary section for a full list of the 18 different palaces visited during the tour. Your tour ends in the Forbidden City; you are responsible for your own transportation back to your hotel. Please Note: all traveler names and passport number required required. You MUST provide your above info upon booking, in case the tickets are sold out. You MUST have your passport with you for attending this tour.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gate of Great Harmony (Taihe Men)
Visiting
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
Visiting
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Heavenly Purity
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gate of Heavenly Purity
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palace of Earthly Tranquility
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hall of Union
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum
Visiting
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum
Visiting
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Visiting
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Gate of Divine Prowess
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • If the booking less than 2 people, it may cancelled and full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lily's Tour Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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  • "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." See review

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Andrew_W
, Jul 2020
Our tour guide Lisa was very good and knowledgeable. She was a good history teller. Her english was good too.
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Excellent Tour Guide
Walter Y
, Nov 2018
Very knowledgeable private tour guide with good command of English and wealth of knowkedge of Chinese history.
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We had the pleasure of undertaking...
Susan M
, Jul 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
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Great experience that was brought to...
steffen s
, May 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.
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LIsa, Lillys sister was great. She...
Alexandra C
, Apr 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 .
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Lisa was absolutely amazing!! Very...
Rachael D
, Mar 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!
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Lilly is a very good guide. Her English...
Pedro L
, Feb 2018
Lilly is a very good guide. Her English is easy to understand. Totally recommend.
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Our guide was most helpful and went...
Susan W
, Jan 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.
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I only had 2 free days on my first trip...
John R
, Nov 2017
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.
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My girlfriend and I were the only...
Michael C
, 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.
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