Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum Tours

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. 
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Address: 4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China 100009, China
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Hours: 8:30am–5pm daily
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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
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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
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Luxury Tour: 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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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