I was in Beijing less than two days and wanted to take in as much as possible. I booked this 1/2 day tour of the Forbidden City through Viator to take place on the morning before I was to leave for the airport. Getting to the airport and through immigration is a whole other adventure.
My guide, Susan, was at the hotel on time and ready to start the tour. I was the only one on the tour so it certainly was a Private Tour. It was a very cold and somewhat hazy December day in Beijing. Susan suggested we take the train, and since I had not yet experienced the Chinese public transportation, we walked a short way to the subway station. I am glad we did. It was very inexpensive and an easy trip to Tian'anman Square. There were very few people in the Square and in the Forbidden City.
I feel extremely lucky that Susan was my guide for the tour. She was delightful to be with, very personable and knowledgeable, and easily adjusted the tour to meet my requests. We covered a lot of ground, saw Tian'anman Square, the Forbidden City, and more. I highly recommend Susan for any tour in Beijing. If I get a chance to go back, I will request her.