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  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a VIP tour of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Beijing – the Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall Ruins. With your expert guide, gain special entry to two of the Forbidden City's less public sites – the Treasure Gallery and the Clock Exhibition Hall of the Palace Museum – where you’ll discover imperial riches from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Then, walk along the newly opened Ruins of the Great Wall, an authentic and less-traveled section with insight into China’s magnificent past. A Chinese banquet lunch with Peking duck completes this amazing full-day experience.

Highlights

  • Full-day VIP tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall
  • Enjoy an intimate visit to the Palace Museum's special sites - the Treasure Gallery and the Clock Exhibition Hall
  • View cultural artifacts and royal treasures in the Forbidden City
  • Walk along the Ruins of the Great Wall, a section of this UNESCO World Heritage site unknown to most of the public
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Beijing from Jingshan Hill
  • Dine on a Chinese banquet including the country's national dish, the Peking duck

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Search for the famous Jade Cabbage in the Treasure Gallery (there’s a matching one in the Taipei National Museum), and get panoramic shots of the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square from atop Jingshan Park. You’ll enjoy the amazing Great Wall ruins like a real VIP – without the tourist crowds!

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What You Can Expect

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

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

After pickup from your Beijing hotel in the morning, your VIP tour begins with a drive to the Forbidden City, a 180-acre (74-hectare) imperial palace that housed 24 emperors since it was built in 1420. Once forbidden to all without permission from the emperor, the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the world’s largest palace complex – includes 980 buildings and 8,700 rooms.

When you arrive, follow your guide on a tour of the Palace Museum, exploring the world’s largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures as you view the vast collection of antique artwork and artifacts on exhibit. Your guide will enlighten you about China’s cultural history from the Ming and Qing dynasties along the way.

Then, follow your guide on a special and intimate tour of two of the Forbidden City's hidden treasures – Treasure Gallery and Clock Exhibition Hall. First, venture into the Treasure Gallery (Zhenbaoguan), situated in the northeast area of the Forbidden City. See the unique displays of royal jewelry, imperial robes and crowns, including the famous Jade Cabbage. Admire works made of gold, silver, pearl and jade as well as utensils, tea services and daily necessities of the imperial families that resided here.

Head to the Clock Exhibition Hall, where 200 clocks and watches from the imperial collection, including some Chinese-made timepieces, are on display. Here, admire the chime clock, made during the Qing Dynasty by the royal clockmakers, and the whimsical 20-foot-tall (6-meter) water clock, constructed in 1799 and the largest of its kind in China.

From the Forbidden City, head to Jingshan Hill, the highest point in Beijing city. Built during the Liao and Jin dynasties, the well-preserved imperial gardens offer a bird’s-eye view of the entire Forbidden City and Beijing. Afterward, dine on a typical Beijing banquet for lunch, including renowned Peking duck.

Then, follow your guide on a tour of the newly opened Ruins of the Great Wall, situated 18 miles (30 km) from the main Badaling Great Wall site. Virtually isolated, the Ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage site will afford you a tranquil exploration of its ancient forts, towers and courtyards. Follow the steps of the Chinese soldiers who once marched along the high fortification with their horses. Your guide will enlighten you about this authentic portion of the Great Wall while you enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and surrounding landscape.

You'll return to your Beijing hotel in the evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great tour, great guide, got pictures with few to no other people, super

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This was a great day. We were picked up at our hotel on time and taken the short distance to Tienimen square. Then onto the Forbidden city. For most of our visit to the Great Wall, we were the only visitors there. Our guide Carolyn was fantastic. Highly recommended

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