Inner Court Tours

Inner Court
During the time when the Forbidden City served as the residence for the imperial family, the palace was divided into an inner and outer court. The outer court was where the emperor came to conduct official business, and the inner court served as the living quarters and private gardens for the royal family. In the days of the Ming Dynasty, only royal family members, the emperor’s concubines and eunuchs were allowed within the walls of the inner court.

Visitors enter the inner court by passing through the Gate of Heavily Purity (Qianqing Men) flanked by two bronze lion statues. Inside, the court contains three halls similar to the three found in the outer court. The Palace of Heavenly Purity was where the emperors lived until the 1720s, while the Hall of Union houses the throne of the empress. The third hall, the Palace of Earthly Tranquility, contains an imperial bedchamber of the empress. Behind the halls, you’ll find the Imperial Garden, a private retreat for the royal family members.
Address: 4 Jingshan Qianjie, Beijing, China
Hours: Open: Apr 1 - Oct 31: 8:30am - 5pm; Jul 7 - Aug 26: 8am - 5pm; Nov 1 - Mar 31: 8:30am - 4:30pm. Closed Monday Afternoons except holidays.
Admission: Adult: Apr 1 - Oct 31: CNY 60; Nov 1 - Mar 31: CNY 40. Student: CNY 20
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4-Hour Private Layover Tour: Forbidden City

Spend 2 hours at the Forbidden City, and make the most of your layover in Beijing. Your private guide meets you at Beijing International Airport and takes you to the world’s largest imperial complex. Immerse yourself in centuries of history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide provides comfortable and timely transport so you are assured to catch your departing flight.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Beijing Forbidden City Admission Ticket

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Beijing Forbidden City Skip-the-Line and Huanghuacheng Great Wall Private Tour

Discover two highlights of Beijing on a private full-day trip to the Forbidden City and Huanghuacheng Water Great Wall. Stroll around Tian’anmen Square and enjoy skip-the-line access to the Forbidden City. Then, after a Chinese lunch, walk on the only lakeside section of the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, admiring the views and seeing parts of the structure lying underwater. Your tour includes air-conditioned private transport, entrance fees, lunch, and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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2-Day Private VIP Sightseeing Tour of Beijing City Highlights and Great Wall

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.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Beijing Panoramic Afternoon Tour with Central TV Tower Buffet Dinner

Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this 8-hour private afternoon tour of Beijing. Have an elevated view of major city attractions such as the Summer Palace, the Hutongs, the Forbidden City, and the Tower of Buddhist Incense from high points. Ride the ferris wheel in Shijingshan Park and eat dinner at the revolving restaurant in the Central TV Tower. All fees and private pickup and drop-off from your Beijing hotel included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Half-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City and Houhai Lake Bike Tour

Discover Beijing’s scenic side on this private half-day tour by bike and metro. Visit Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City; enjoy a delicious Chinese-style lunch overlooking Shichahai Lake; then glide around Houhai Lake on a leisurely bike tour. Hotel pickup is included.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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Forbidden City Walking Tour with Acrobatic Show at Chaoyang Theatre

What is a better way to have a deep tour of the Forbidden city with your private guide the whole time and join the amazing Chinese acrobatic show to end the day! Embark on this afternoon walking tour, you will visit the Tienanmen Square and explore the most famous parts in the Forbidden City. This in-depth tour charts the stories behind the Forbidden city's sacred sites. This private tour including the hotel pick up, transportation fee, entrance fee and the show ticket.
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
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Private 2-Day Beijing Sightseeing with VIP Acrobatic Show Option

Beijing is one of the largest and oldest cities in the world, and it can be hard for first-time visitors to know where to start. Take the guesswork out of the sightseeing process on this private 2-day tour of the city, which includes guided visits to must-see attractions like Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace. This all-inclusive tour includes all entrance fees, lunch, transportation, and of course a private guide to provide information and take you through Beijing. A choice of upgrading your tour option with VIP seating to an acrobatic show upon booking.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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2-Day Private Classic Beijing Sightseeing Tour

During this 2-day city tour, you will learn up to 3,000 years of Chinese history with a private professional tour guide. Visits include Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Lama Temple, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, and Summer Palace.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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3-Day Private Beijing Tour with Forbidden City and Great Wall

Discover Beijing and the mysteries of imperial China in this private 3-day Beijing classic tour. You will see the Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Lama Temple, the Great Wall of China, Hutong and a lot more! You can choose either Mutianyu or Huanghuacheng session based on your interests. Between April 1 to October 31, you can enjoy a boat ride at Huanghuacheng as it's a very unique water Great Wall session. Entrance fees, professional tour guide and private vehicle are all inclusive in this tour combo package. Hotel accommodation is not inclusive.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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