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Forbidden City (Palace Museum) Tours and Tickets

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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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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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US$202,00
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US$202,00
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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
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US$87,00
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US$87,00

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
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US$295,00
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US$295,00
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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
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US$214,00
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US$214,00
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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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US$74,00
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US$74,00
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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
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US$172,00
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US$172,00
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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
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US$563,20
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US$563,20
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Private Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

Private Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City

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While on layover at Beijing Capital International Airport, let a personal guide show you the highlights around Beijing. Spend time exploring the UNESCO-listed Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Forbidden City. You'll also visit Tiananmen Square and eat a Chinese lunch. Round-trip airport transport by private vehicle is included on this full-day tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$208,00
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US$208,00
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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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US$9,75
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US$9,75

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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US$94,00
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US$94,00
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Private Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City with Cable Car and Meal

Private Beijing Layover Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City with Cable Car and Meal

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If you have a layover in Beijing, use your time to see the city's highlights on this private tour. Hit Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu Great Wall in a full day, maximizing your time by traveling in a private vehicle. Pickup and drop-off according to your flight schedule at Beijing International Airport, lunch included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$202,00
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From
US$202,00
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All-Inclusive Private 3-Day Beijing Highlight Tour with Optional Evening Show

All-Inclusive Private 3-Day Beijing Highlight Tour with Optional Evening Show

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Perfect for first-time visitors, this in-depth, multi-day tour hits all the highlights of Beijing, from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall of China. Entrance fees, lunch, and private vehicle transfers are all included, so you’ll be free to focus on sightseeing. Head to the rugged, under-the-radar Mutianyu Great Wall, and opt to catch a live acrobatic show. You also enjoy a scenic rickshaw ride through Beijing’s traditional quarters.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$510,00
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US$510,00
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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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US$198,00
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US$198,00
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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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Enhance your sightseeing experience in Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most captivating sights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City; absorb the majestic charm of the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven; and stroll around the legendary Tiananmen Square. Relax during a scenic bus ride; purchase special souvenirs in the bustling Pearl Market; and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a traditional Chinese lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$83,00
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US$83,00

Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour

Forbidden City In-Depth Exploring Private 4-Hour Tour

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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).
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82,00
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US$82,00
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Shore Excursion: 2-Day Private Beijing Sightseeing Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port

Shore Excursion: 2-Day Private Beijing Sightseeing Tour from Tianjin Cruise Port

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When your cruise ship drops anchor at Tianjin Cruise Port, make the most of your time in China on a private 2-day shore excursion to Beijing and the Great Wall of China. With a personal guide, tick off top Beijing attractions such as Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace). Plus, you also visit the Great Wall of China, one of the New7Wonders of the World. Port pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, and two lunches are included. Please note, accommodation is not included.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$598,00
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US$598,00
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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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US$364,55
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US$364,55
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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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US$418,00
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US$418,00
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Private Day to T-Square, Forbidden city, Temple of heaven, Summer palace Tour

Private Day to T-Square, Forbidden city, Temple of heaven, Summer palace Tour

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This is a convenient option for time-tight travelers who want to see multiple Beijing highlights in a single day. Avoid the potential delays you'd encounter picking up other travelers, and enjoy a completely private tour instead, with just your party and the driver. This all-inclusive experience ensures a stress-free day without any logistics to organize, as transport, entrance tickets, and lunch are included. Highlights include Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$174,00
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US$174,00
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Beijing Private (less walking) 2-Day Tour with All Attractions

Beijing Private (less walking) 2-Day Tour with All Attractions

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Make the most of a short stay in Beijing on this comprehensive private two-day tour. On day one you’ll visit many highlights in the capital–including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City–and on day two you’ll travel out to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Enjoy a scenic dragon boat ride to the Summer Palace. Get personalized attention and a chance to ask questions on a private tour.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$450,00
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US$450,00
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4-Hour Skip-the-Line Small Group Discovery Forbidden City Tour with Hotel Pickup

4-Hour Skip-the-Line Small Group Discovery Forbidden City Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Breeze past the long entry lines to enjoy your pre-booked tour of the Forbidden City. Follow your tour guide to visit several palaces, including the lavish Antiquarium of the Palace Museum (Treasures Museum). Learn about the ancient history, culture, and traditions that helped shape the Forbidden City through your guide's engaging commentary. Entrance fees and hotel pickup in Beijing are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69,00
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US$69,00
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Private Classic Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace

Private Classic Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace

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Do full justice to three of Beijing’s must-see sights with a privately guided city sightseeing trip. Check out Tiananmen Square, the immense square at the heart of the city, and explore the highlights of the Forbidden Palace and the Summer Palace on guided walking tours. Lunch, entrance fees, private transport with a guide and driver, and hotel pickup and drop-off all included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150,00
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US$150,00
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Beijing Private Layover Guided Tour to Great Wall & Forbidden City

Beijing Private Layover Guided Tour to Great Wall & Forbidden City

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Make the most of your Beijing layover with a visit to the Forbidden City and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Your guide will pick you up at the airport and take you out to the Great Wall, where you'll have plenty of time to wander the ramparts before continuing to the Forbidden City and the adjacent Tiananmen Square.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$180,00
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US$180,00
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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
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US$171,00
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US$171,00
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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.
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How much does it cost to visit Forbidden City (Palace Museum) 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Forbidden City (Palace Museum) costs USD 9.75. Guided Forbidden City (Palace Museum) tours start around USD 9.75 per person.