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Forbidden City Guided Tour
Activities in Beijing

Forbidden City Guided Tour

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10 Vanesa Monaje
US$ 36.90
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts
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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.

Imperial throne in the Forbidden City
Temple guardians in Beijing
Gates to Beijing's Forbidden City

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.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.

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Per person
English guided tour
US$ 36.90

English guided tour

  • Per person

    US$ 36.90

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2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english.


English speaking guide.

Skip the line entrance to the Forbidden City.

When to book?

You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

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US$ 36.90
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Meridian Gate.