Discover the secrets of the Forbidden City with an expert English-speaking guide. Delve into the history and architecture of one of Beijing's most emblematic and popular monuments.
Forbidden City Guided Tour Itinerary
Meet your English-speaking guide at 9 am at Meridian Gate, the entrance gate to the Forbidden City. From here, you'll enter this fascinating former imperial palace complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been recognised as the world's largest collection of ancient wooden structures.
Accompanied by your guide, an expert in the history of Beijing and of the palace complex, you'll wander through the immense courtyards giving way to pagodas and pavilions where you'll be able to imagine the ceremonies held here by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties throughout history.
24 different emperors ruled China from the Forbidden City for almost 500 years, and its importance in Chinese history is evident as you explore. Discover the incredible details of the ancient architecture and the philosophical and religious symbolism they represent, from the yellow roof tiles - the colour of the emperor - to the imperial roof decorations, gilded lion temple guardians and exquisitely carved dragons.
Your guided tour of the Forbidden City will come to an end after two hours, however you'll be free to continue exploring the extensive palace complex afterwards at your own pace.
Forbidden City Ticket
If you'd prefer to explore the Forbidden City at your own pace without a guide, you can choose to buy the Forbidden City Ticket only.
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English guided tour
Per personUS$ 33.8
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
Skip the line entrance to the Forbidden City.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.