Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum Tours

Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum
Situated within Beijing's Forbidden City, the Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum was built in 1417 as the private green space for China's ruling family. The three-acre (12,000-square-meter) space, set at the northernmost point of the complex just beyond the Gate of Terrestrial Tranquility, occupies less than 2% of the total area of the sprawling Forbidden City, yet it's packed with some 20 structures and pavilions, plus multiple ponds.

At the center of the garden sits the 15th-century Hall of Imperial Peace, where prayers of protection over the palace were once offered to Zhenwudadi, the Taoist God of Water. Pavilions in each of the garden’s four corners represent the seasons, while the entire space is dotted with cypress trees and Chinese wisteria—many hundreds of years old. A multi-hued pebble footpath winds through the garden.

The Forbidden City and its imperial garden are must-sees in Beijing. The two are often included on both private and group tours of the city, which allow visitors short on time to experience the Imperial Palace and other Beijing highlights, such as the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.

Practical Info

Admission to the Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum is included in the entrance fee to the Forbidden City. The garden is the final area of the complex visitors pass through before reaching the north gate exit.

Did You Know? A pair of 400-year-old pine trees, known as the Consort Pines, appear to embrace in front of the Hall of Imperial Peace and are thought to symbolize harmony between the emperor and empress. 
Address: 4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China 100009, China
Hours: 8:30am–5pm daily
Admission: 40–60 RMB
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Forbidden City Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

See the Chinese imperial palace used from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty up close on this private, 4-hour tour of the Forbidden City, including special skip-the-line access. Along the way, you’ll also get to see Tiananmen Square and Jinshan Park. Please be aware that this tour doesn’t include transportation to and from the attractions, but your private guide can help you get a taxi or other form of transport (own expense).
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Forbidden City with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Beijing Private Tour of Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City

Explore the iconic landmarks of Beijing with a private guide who takes you to the Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City for an in-depth experience of the Chinese history and culture in Beijing. Begin at the Temple of Heaven, built by the Yongle Emperor during the Ming Dynasty. In Tiananmen Square, see the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Then continue to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and must-see while in Beijing.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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4-Hour Private Beijing Walking Tour of the Forbidden City

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 4-hour 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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Tianjin Shore Excursion: Tian'anemen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace

You will be picked up from Tianjin Port and transferred to Beijing accompanied by your friendly tour guide and driver. Visit the Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. After the tour, transferred back to Tianjin Port or your hotel in central Beijing. The entrance fees, lunch, private vehicle are all inclusive
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hrs
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hrs
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5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium

Hear the stories behind Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square during a 5-hour, small-group walking tour in Beijing. After exploring the famous square, which is one of the world’s largest, you’ll make your way into the Forbidden City using a prebooked ticket to avoid any long entrance lines. Explore all the key sites including the Imperial Garden, and discover fun facts about the Ming and Qing dynasties from your guide. Numbers are limited to just 12 people, and you can rest assured that no unwelcome factory or tourist shop visits are planned.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour

Discover the incandescent beauty of Beijing by night on this 3-hour evening walking tour. See the city sparkle as you explore glimmering waterways, vibrant parks and narrow ‘hutongs’ (alleys) under the cover of darkness. Led by an accomplished guide, sample sublime specialties at the busy Wangfujing Snack Street; browse stalls bursting with exotic ingredients at the Donghuamen Night Market; and stroll amid the ancient and illuminated structures of Imperial City Park for a unique sightseeing experience. Conclude your tour with a tranquil wander around Houhai Lake and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Imperial Beijing Private Tour: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park with Lunch

Delve into the rich historical heritage of China’s capital city on a full-day sightseeing tour of Beijing. Accompanied by a private guide, discover legendary landmarks like the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square while gaining insight into the city’s past. Admire the verdant splendor of Jingshan Park; weave your way down narrow alleys know as ‘hutongs’; and take a rickshaw ride to a local home to indulge in a delicious Chinese meal. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour and enjoy a comprehensive experience of Beijing.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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2-Day Tianjin Shore Excursion to Beijing Top Attractions and Mutianyu Great Wall

For this private 2-day tour of Beijing and its nearby highlights, you get to choose your drop-off options, including a drop-off from either PEK airport or back to Tianjin Port. Spend one day exploring the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City, and then visit Summer Palace and the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Learn about the history behind each attraction, and even do some hiking around one of the medieval world’s seven wonders.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Luxury Tour of Beijing: Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and City Sightseeing

The elaborate Diaoyutai State Guesthouse has played host to over 1,200 foreign heads of states, including the likes of Michelle Obama and Henry Kissinger; add your name to the list on this luxury dining tour. This tour also includes a guided trip to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City for a look at some of Beijing's must-see attractions.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Beijing Small-Group Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

With a guide leading the way on this small-group tour, you’ll cover Beijing’s must-see landmarks in one day. Visit Tiananmen Square and two World Heritage sites including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Take the cable car round-trip, or ride a chair lift up and toboggan down. Lunch, entrance fees, and round-trip transport by minivan are included on this full-day tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Skip The Line 4-Hour Beijing Private Forbidden City Walking Tour

Explore Beijing’s highlights in the company of a private guide on this flexible, half-day tour. Pick a start time that works best for you, and meet your guide directly at your hotel. Then, travel on foot, or via taxi or public transportation (own expense), to the iconic Tiananmen Square. Head next to the UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, where skip-the-line tickets will help you beat the crowds. Finally, admire Jingshang Park before returning to your hotel.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Skip-The-Line Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City Private Tour

The tour covers Tian`anmen Square,Forbidden City and Great Wall at Mutianyu. Enjoy priority access to the Great Wall and Forbidden City with a pre-booked ticket, learn about the ancient history, culture and traditions, have an Authentic dumpling lunch. Entrance fees and lunch are all inclusive.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Tianjin Shore Excursion: Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City

This private one-day tour starts from the Tianjin Port and ends at the Port. You will visit a bunch of top city attractions in Beijing. See the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. The entrance fees, Lunch, private transfers are all inclusive.
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hrs
  • Duration: 10 to 11 hrs
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Beijing Private Day Tour: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall

This full day tour in Beijing will enable you to experience the most attractive historical sites: Great Wall at Badaling, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Meet your guide in the morning at your local accommodation, and travel to Tiananmen Square. After visit the Forbidden City, heading north to the Badaling section of the Great Wall. On the way, you will make a short stop at the iconic "Birds's Nest" for photos. The entire tour will be set at your preferred pace without any rush. You will have your own guide and private vehicle, with no hidden charge and no souvenir shopping stops. Entrance fee, cable car round trip at Badaling Great Wall and a delicious lunch all included.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hrs
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Private Walking Tour to National Museum, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

Explore the iconic landmarks of Beijing with a private guide who takes you to the National Museum of China, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City for an in-depth experience of the Chinese history and culture. Your private tour will begin at the National Museum of China, which displays more than 120 million pieces of collections. At Tian'anmen square, accompanied by your guide, you will see Qianmen, Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Great Hall of the People and Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Then continue to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and must-see while in Beijing. This in-depth tour charts the stories behind the Forbidden city's sacred sites.This private tour including special skip-the-line access, English speaking guide and Beijing city hotel pick up.
  • Duration: 5 to 8 hrs
  • Duration: 5 to 8 hrs
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Beijing Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and 798 Art District

This full day tour in Beijing will enable you to experience the historical sites and morden art district: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City with 798 art district. Meet your guide in the morning at your local accommodation, and travel to Tiananmen Square. After visit the Forbidden City, heading to the 798 art district to explore the biggest space for cultural, artistic, commercial activities, and fashion show. You will have your own guide and private vehicle, with no hidden charge and no souvenir shopping stops. Entrance fee, lunch, hotel pick up and drop off are included.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
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Private Walking Tour to Lama Temple, Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City

Enjoy the personalized experience of China's capital on this privately guided tour. On this tour you will discover one of the world’s most important Tibetan Buddhist temples where you can see the priceless Maidala Buddha statue.  See the Chinese imperial palace used from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty, including special skip-the-line access to the Forbidden city. Along the way, you’ll also get to see Tiananmen Square. Enjoy extra attention from your private guide for a more profound experience. This private walking tour including hotel pick up, transportation fee during the tour, English speaking tour guide and entrance fee.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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