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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Tours and Activities

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The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum, is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. Deemed off-limits to visitors for some five centuries, today this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city’s most popular attractions.

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Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm
4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China, 100009
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Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

Mini Group: Beijing Forbidden City Tour with Great Wall Hiking at Mutianyu

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See three of Beijing’s most famous landmarks on a full-day tour that starts in the city and travels to the Great Wall of China. Start with a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, and walk by the monuments of Tiananmen Square, including Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Then depart for the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, riding in a cable car up to the ramparts then walking around for great vantage points. Learn about the sights from your informative guide throughout a memorable tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD172.00
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USD172.00
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Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

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

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Discover some of China’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites on a full-day VIP tour of the Forbidden City and the Badaling Great Wall Ruins from Beijing. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, catch a rare glimpse of two less public sites in the Forbidden City and explore the Treasure Gallery and Clock Exhibition Hall of the Palace Museum in relative solitude. Then, venture to the atmospheric Ruins of the Great Wall to gain fascinating insight into China’s greatest engineering achievement. Feast upon a bounteous feast of Peking duck to conclude this enriching and exclusive experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD199.10
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USD199.10
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Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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Being such a densely populated city, it can be difficult to beat the crowds in Beijing. This Forbidden City admission ticket is the perfect way to ensure you have a stress-free visit with no waiting around. Your pre-booked entry can be accessed by using your passport near the main entrance, close to Tiananmen Gate. You’ll then have the freedom to walk around the palace complex and admire pagodas and beautiful architecture.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD9.03
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USD9.03

Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

Private All-Inclusive Day Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

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See three of the top attractions in and around Beijing with a guide on this full-day private tour to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Private transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off is included, as well as entrance fees, lunch, and a ticket for the round-trip cable car or toboggan ride at the Great Wall.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD202.00
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USD202.00
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2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour

2-Day Beijing Highlights Small-Group Tour

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With a maximum of six travelers for intimacy and speed, small-group travel doesn’t get much smaller than this door-to-door tour. Say goodbye to long lines with VIP access to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall at Mutianyu; explore the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace; checkoff Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park, and the Beijing National Stadium; and enjoy two delicious lunches. Upgrade to add an evening Acrobat Show.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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USD198.00
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USD198.00
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

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Make the most of city sightseeing on this private tour of Beijing, which includes a visit to must-see attractions like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and more. Your guide provides in-depth information about each site's history and significance and handles all transportation, planning, and logistics so you can just enjoy your trip. A delicious Peking duck lunch and boat ride in the Summer Palace are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD214.00
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USD214.00
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Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

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Enjoy an in-depth sightseeing experience over two days with this comprehensive Beijing city tour. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll visit major attractions like Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Transportation between attractions and lunch on both days are included. (Note: Hotel stay is not included; you must have your own accommodation in Beijing.)
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD295.00
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USD295.00
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2-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

2-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

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Discover Beijing at your own pace on a private 2-day tour of China’s capital, which includes select meals, transport, and entrance fees. Tick off top attractions such as Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), and the Temple of Heaven (Tian tan) on day one. On day two, visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu — one of the New7Wonders of the World — and the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Hotel pickup and drop-off are included every day.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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USD418.00
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USD418.00
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3-Day Beijing Sightseeing Private Custom-Made Combo Tour

3-Day Beijing Sightseeing Private Custom-Made Combo Tour

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Create your perfect Beijing tour itinerary with this private 3-day combo package. Visit up to 10 attractions of your choice including the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square; enjoy the convenience of daily hotel pickup and private transport; and explore each attraction at your own pace.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD563.20
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USD563.20
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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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The UNESCO-listed Forbidden City is Beijing’s most visited attraction with over 14 million annual visitors, and it has the traffic to match. This half-day walking tour ensures you maximise your time, with a private guide, pre-paid entrance tickets, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup is included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD74.00
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USD74.00
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Old Beijing - The Hutong's by E-Bike

Old Beijing - The Hutong's by E-Bike

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Do you want to have fun in Beijing and see its the Old Towns true beauty? Then riding an An eBike is without doubt the most exciting and eyeopening way to see Beijing! Do you want to learn about Beijing's History and Culture? We love to talk with all our guests and teach them in a fun and interactive way. Do you want some high quality photos to take away with you to remember your adventure? We provide free photography throughout our adventure for you to reminisce when you're back home. We live in the heart of Old Beijing and we know how to discover the best of Old Beijing, like a local. Together we will see many of the Hutongs, which are the heart of Old Beijing. We'll visit lots of the epic landmarks and most importantly, you'll have a lot of fun! Riding these back streets (Hutongs) of Old Beijing is an awesome experience, where you'll see some pretty interesting things and it's always a very unique experiences each and every time. We also offer private experiences upon request.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD62.40
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USD62.40

Half Day Walking Tour to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City with Hotel Pickup

Half Day Walking Tour to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City with Hotel Pickup

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Discover several UNESCO-listed sites in Beijing in one day on this action-packed half-day walking tour. You won’t have to navigate your way into the city as hotel pickup is included. The tour will help you save time and see Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City in one day. All entrance fees are included so you’ll save time waiting in entrance crowds, and have more time to explore.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD96.00
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USD96.00
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Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

Beijing Layover Private Transfer: Mutianyu Great Wall and Beijing City Attractions

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Take advantage of your long Beijing layover with a private chauffeured transfer to the Great Wall and city center. Enjoy the freedom to customize the itinerary based on your interests and time constraints.  After arrival at PEK airport, your driver is ready to take you to your chosen attractions. Relax in private transportation for the duration of the tour and return to the airport with ample time to catch your flight.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD94.00
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USD94.00
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2-Day Private Beijing Highlight Tour with Great Wall and Optional Evening Show

2-Day Private Beijing Highlight Tour with Great Wall and Optional Evening Show

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Make the absolute most of Beijing on this 2-day private tour, the perfect introduction for first-time visitors. On day one, tour Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. The next day, experience the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tombs, and a tea ceremony. Tour includes lunch, entrance fees, Great Wall cable car ride, and door-to-door round-trip transfers: Accommodation is at your own expense.
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  • 2 days
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USD367.00
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USD367.00
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Forbidden City Walking Tour in Hanfu Costume and Photo Shooting Experience

Forbidden City Walking Tour in Hanfu Costume and Photo Shooting Experience

Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around the Forbidden City in the style of the traditional Chinese Hanfu costume. Get dressed in your favorite Hanfu and other accessories. Then walk to Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City with your knowledgable tour guide who will dressed in Hanfu and walk with you, offer the detailed commentary along the way. Skip the line at the Forbidden city, its a fun way to experience the culture of the Chinese traditional costume and learn about the history at the same time.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD126.00
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USD126.00
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All-Inclusive Private 2-Day Beijing Highlight Tour with Optional Evening Show

All-Inclusive Private 2-Day Beijing Highlight Tour with Optional Evening Show

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This is the ideal choice for first-time visitors to Beijing. Save hours researching city highlights by having a comprehensive itinerary organized for you. Take the stress out of planning transport by having hotel pickup and drop-off included. Travel between sites in a comfortable vehicle, helping you save time and see more in a short space of time. Highlights included Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Mutianyu Great Wall.
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  • 2 days
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USD347.00
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USD347.00
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Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

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See all of Beijing’s cultural and historical highlights on a comprehensive and captivating full-day tour of China’s capital city. Stroll amid the majestic charm of Tiananmen Square; marvel at the imaginative architecture at the Forbidden City; and see the verdant splendor that surrounds the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Alongside your knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich history and distinctive culture of Beijing and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from selected Beijing hotels.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD87.00
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USD87.00
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8-Day Small-Group China Tour to Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, No Shopping

8-Day Small-Group China Tour to Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, No Shopping

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Explore China with an informative guide on an 8-day tour that includes Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs (Sacred Way), Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, and the Terracotta Warriors. Learn about China’s past at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an and while touring Beijing’s hutoings, and see cultural attractions including Yu Gardens, the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang. Your tour includes accommodations, two flights, transportation, entrance fees and some meals.
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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USD1,938.00
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USD1,938.00
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11-Day Small-Group China Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai

11-Day Small-Group China Tour: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai

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Travel around China with a knowledgeable guide on an 11-day tour that includes Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the Terracotta Warriors. Gain insight into China’s past at Xi’an’s Wild Goose Pagoda and in Beijing’s hutongs, and see cultural highlights including the Great Mosque, Yu Gardens, Shanghai Bund and more. Enjoy spectacular scenery on a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Your tour includes accommodations, three flights, transportation, entrance fees and some meals.
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  • 11 days
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USD2,620.00
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USD2,620.00
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Group tour of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Group tour of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Take in the impressive grounds and grand buildings at three of Beijing’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites without having to organize a single subway trip or bus ride. Visit the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace in a group, with air-conditioned coach transport provided to and from each destination. Walk through the grand courtyards of the former imperial palace, see where those emperors once worshipped and enjoy the tranquility of their lakeside gardens.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD58.67
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USD58.67
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2-Day Private VIP Sightseeing Tour of Beijing City Highlights and Great Wall

2-Day Private VIP Sightseeing Tour of Beijing City Highlights and Great Wall

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Don’t compromise on style when exploring Beijing. Travel by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, or Buick and lunch at Lost Heaven and Bai Jia Da Yuan on this 2-day private sightseeing tour. Along the way, check off all the key Beijing highlights: the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Lama Temple, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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USD648.00
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USD648.00
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In-depth Forbidden City tour with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience

In-depth Forbidden City tour with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience

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The Forbidden City is one of the most evocative destinations in all of China, reminiscent of great emperors and China's illustrious past. Go beyond the typical attractions within the City on this comprehensive 6-hour guided tour, which includes access to the Imperial Library, Treasure Rooms (The Antiquarium), and more. Lunch at the former Icehouse is also included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD171.00
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USD171.00
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 Beijing Private Tour: 2 Days Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall VIP Tour

Beijing Private Tour: 2 Days Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall VIP Tour

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Spend two days exploring the top attractions in Beijing on this tour. During the first day, visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, plus enjoy a lunch of Peking duck. On the second day, travel to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall then take a rickshaw ride through the Hutong area of Beijing.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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USD364.55
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USD364.55
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9-Day Small Group China Tour of Beijing, Xi'an and Chengdu, No Shopping

9-Day Small Group China Tour of Beijing, Xi'an and Chengdu, No Shopping

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Take in the highlights of Beijing, Xi’an and Chengdu during an unforgettable 9-day tour led by an informative guide. Start with Beijing’s crown jewels including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Great Wall of China. Fly to Xi’an to take in the Terracotta Warriors, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque and old city wall. Another flight whisks you to Chengdu where you get close to giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and browse excellent historical exhibits at the Jinsha Site Museum.
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  • 9 days
  • Taking safety measures
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USD1,949.00
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What are Forbidden City (Palace Museum) hours of operation?
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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) hours of operation: Apr - Oct: 8:30am - 5pm, Nov - March: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Forbidden City (Palace Museum) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 970 Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Forbidden City (Palace Museum) costs USD 5.34. Guided Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tours start around USD 5.34 per person. See all 970 Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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