This is our exclusive Forbidden City tour where we go deeply into the Chinese History with our Expert “Professor” Guide. We won’t miss any area that a common 2 hours tour does.You'll see mythical historic places with no rush at all, and getting the full picture with comprehensive explanations. Skip the lines at the Forbidden City as China Highlights VIP guests. In this 600-year-old building complex with 9,999½ forbidden imperial chambers, today NOWHERE is closed and NO secret is kept from you.
See the real scene of the movie The Last Emperor at the Forbidden City.
Being amazed by the largest imperial palace (with 9,999½ palaces) in the world.
Discover the hidden history of Chinese imperial life.
Skip the lines at the Forbidden City as a China Highlights’ VIP guest.
Go deeply into the Chinese history with our Expert “Professor” Guide.
See all the important places that a common 2 hours tour won't do with no rush at all.
Enjoy a freshly-cooked Western lunch after the walking.
At about 8:00 am (your tour guide will give you the exact pick-up time the day before your departure) a comfortable car will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the largest imperial palace in the world, home to 24 emperors in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties. It was built in 1420, about 70 years before Columbus discovered America and 144 years before the birth of William Shakespeare.
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Your tour presenter will take you to a cafe (Alley Coffee) near the Forbidden City where you'll have your lunch there. You can ask any questions about the Forbidden City, about the history and about Beijing. You presenter is more than happy to answer your questions.
At the end of the tour your presenter will give you any directions or help you need for taking a taxi, subway, or bus (to your hotel).
After the lunch, you will visit the Tian’anmen Square - the largest urban square in the world where you can see the famous portrait of Chairman Mao hanging on the red wall. You can take pictures and walk around at the square. You guide will give you a background information of this famous square.
Later on you will visit Jingshan Park which is located in front of the Forbidden City. It is said to be the best position to get a panoramic view of the Forbidden City. Definitely not to be missed, Jingshan Park is located on the central axis of Beijing and has many historic buildings symmetrically located on both sides. You will see the Drum and Bell Tower to the north while the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square can be seen to the south.
After visiting Jingshan Park you'll be transfered back to your hotel for the end of this day trip. Thanks for choosing China Highlights hope to serve you next time.
|Adults (age>12)||Children (age 2-12)||Infants (age<2)|
|$89 USD||$79 USD||free|
This tour is available every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday except the following dates: Oct. 1 - Oct. 7 of 2016, Jan. 1 - Jan. 3 of 2017, and Jan. 27 - Feb. 3 of 2017.
Citizens of certain countries who meet the criteria are allowed 72-hour visa-free transit via and travel in nine China cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Guilin, Shenyang, and Dalian. Please make sure you have read the detailed Visa-free policies before you decide to take the Visa-free policy. And please keep in mind that China Highlights does not take any resposibility for the risk or loss of customer who use the Visa-free policy. more details
The hotel pick-up and drop-off area should be within the fourth ring road of Beijing. For further distance there might be an extra cost for the transfer which you'll be notified by your travel advisor.
We take you to see places in the Forbidden City that you would never find by yourself. By going with us you’ll have the opportunity to:
Instead of seeing a standard succession of similar rooms, and listening to textbook-like guide recitals, we attempt to bring imperial times to life for you through fascinating stories, anecdotes with original pictures, and videos shown on an iPad.
Our Forbidden City presenters are tested and certified to our high standards in history and architecture knowledge and English. We try to bridge the gap between “old” and “new” China, and let you know how Chinese culture and customs came into being.
For each Beijing local tour we design, our product manager and tour guides take many inspection trips to make sure our tours are more customer-friendly, interesting, and unique! We are very confident that our answers and information are reliable! We don’t, and even hate, the behavior of copying tour products from others. Text and pictures, even ideas, can be copied, but not the true value of years of preparation!
You don't have to waste your precious time in waiting for the Forbidden City tickets like most of other tour groups do (usually you need to waite for about 1 hour!) as your tour guide will book the tickets on-line for you in advance so that you can enter the Forbidden City directly while others are still waiting for the tickets and check-in. And this service is only offered to several registered partners of the Forbidden City like China Highlights.
Unlike some other online travel agents in China who sell tour products made by local travel agents, we built our own branch company in Beijing in 2010. Since then we have started to make our own unique products and deliver our own brand of high-value tours to every one of our Beijing customers. We have more than 50 local staff in Beijing to solve your problems on the spot.
A quick comparison between typical Forbidden City tour groups and China Highlights Heritage Walks:
|Comparison||Other Group Tours||China Highlights|
|What you do||Stroll along the Central Axis Way seeing similar palaces.||See unique and interesting palaces you’d never find by yourself.|
|Presentation||Listen to textbook recitals from the guide’s loud hailer.||Discover the emperors’ life personally and intimately through fascinating stories, with original iPad pictures and videos.|
|Experience||Try to find a spot where you can see and hear the guide amongst the noisy crowds.||For our audio presentations, you’ll be staying away from noisy parts of the Forbidden City and hassle of other tour groups.|
|Guide||Guide with government issued license.||Extra-qualified expert and knowledgeable in history and architecture, certified to our higher standards of guiding.|
|Duration||2 hours||5 hours|
|Others||Have to stand in a long queue to get the tickets. Waste your time for the boring wating time.||Skip the line, no waiting at all! Your tour guide has bought the tickets on-line in advance.|