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Discover some of China’s most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites on a full-day VIP tour of the Forbidden City and the Badaling Great Wall Ruins from Beijing. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, catch a rare glimpse of two less public sites in the Forbidden City and explore the Treasure Gallery and Clock Exhibition Hall of the Palace Museum in relative solitude. Then, venture to the atmospheric Ruins of the Great Wall to gain fascinating insight into China’s greatest engineering achievement. Feast upon a bounteous feast of Peking duck to conclude this enriching and exclusive experience. 

Highlights

  • Full-day VIP tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall
  • Enjoy an intimate visit to the Palace Museum's special sites - the Treasure Gallery and the Clock Exhibition Hall
  • View cultural artifacts and royal treasures in the Forbidden City
  • Walk along the Ruins of the Great Wall, a section of this UNESCO World Heritage site unknown to most of the public
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Beijing from Jingshan Hill
  • Dine on a Chinese banquet including the country's national dish, the Peking duck

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Search for the famous Jade Cabbage in the Treasure Gallery (there’s a matching one in the Taipei National Museum), and get panoramic shots of the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square from atop Jingshan Park. You’ll enjoy the amazing Great Wall ruins like a real VIP – without the tourist crowds!

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

Depart from your Beijing hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and begin the scenic journey to the Forbidden City, a 180-acre (74-hectare) imperial palace complex formerly home to a succession of extravagant emperors. Embark on a comprehensive tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site with your knowledgeable guide and explore the world’s largest collection ancient wooden structures. 

Listen as your guide reveals the mysteries surrounding ancient artifacts like a Jade Cabbage and discover the glittering delights harbored by the Treasure Hall for insight into the cultural significance of pearl, gold and silver. 

Next, venture to the Clock Exhibition Hall to marvel at more than 200 clocks and watches on display; listen to the resonant chimes of a royal Qing dynasty piece and gaze at China’s largest water clock, which stands at a staggering height of 6 meters (20 foot).    

After thorough exploration of the enigmatic Forbidden City, ascend to Jingshan Hill, Beijing’s highest point, to admire sweeping vistas of the city sprawl. See beautiful imperial gardens and then descend to feast upon a traditional Chinese banquet featuring Peking duck. 

Conclude your tour with a visit to the recently opened Ruins of the Great Wall, an isolated site that affords tranquil exploration of crumbling courtyards and ancient towers. Enrich your knowledge of the Great Wall’s history and capture photographs of the scenic surroundings as you stroll. 

Return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Beijing, where the tour concludes. 

Customer Reviews

Joachim S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was announced as taking place when at least two passengers registered. It turned out that we were the only ones who had booked that tour that day. I was concerned that this could reduce the quality of the service, but I was mistaken. We had our very private tour with our own tour guide Jacky Lee and driver in an air-conditioned limousine. The guide provided a lot of details while visiting Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. On our wish he focused on the Treasure Gallery there. The Peking-duck lunch was good and provided you with some insights in the peculiarities of the Chinese cuisine. The day was a public holiday with loads of tourists at the Great Wall. Since the motorway was almost blocked, the tour guide redirected the tour to a lesser known part of the Wall that had also much fewer tourists and was more scenic. The Wall was much more steeper there, too. It was also a hot day at the beginning of August, and temperatures reached 38 degrees centigrade. It took us 1 1/2 hours to reach the top of the mountain and to return. However, we were rewarded with a most impressive view of the area with the winding wall on top of the ridge. We also visited a silk and a jade manufacture and a tea ceremony shop. I acquired a silk gown and a jade ball of life'', which symbolizes three spheres of prosperous successive generations. In the tea shop I came across Pu-erh tea for the first time. This tea comes from Yunnan and is from the same tea leaves as green tea. The difference is that Pu-erh undergoes a fermentation and oxidation process over many years I bought a ten year old block. The ferments include peptide-blockers which prohibit the storage of fat in the fat cells of the human body, for which the tea is also called slimming tea''. This effect is confirmed by chemists.

In all this was a very rewarding tour which offers a cross-section of insights in Chinese historical and cultural achievements.

Ellen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had the most amazing tour with our personal guide (Sue Lyn) and driver. We enjoyed Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, went to a climb the Great Wall. Our guide even arranged a special lunch for my husband who has a very limited diet, while I enjoyed a very tasty Peking duck that was delicious!

jennifer m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We very much enjoyed this tour. It was just my husband and me with a private guide named Goo. He was very knowledgeable and patient answering all our questions and explaining the Forbidden City. He took us to the Badaling section of the wall but beyond where the crowds are. We were virtually alone in a mountainous part of the wall. It was breathtakingly beautiful and the weather in May was perfection! This was a true highlight of our time in Beijing. Highly recommend and couldn't say enough nice things about our guide Goo.

J H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was an excellent trip, the tour guide took us to a part of the wall, that was private and away from the crowds. After speking with other folks who went to the more touristy parts of the wall, I am so pleased we payed that bit extra and had the wall almost to ourselves. The guide was very knowledgable and kept us informed about the Forbidden city, we also went to a silk factory and other points of interest. Overall, money very well spent, would thoroughly recommend this trip to everyone.

Jeanelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing tour with a fantastic tour guide!

Ling N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Dream come true. Our tour guide was fun and always wanting to help take our picture. The forbidden city was very impressive. Our guide was quite knowledgable. The Great wall was amazing. I feel so blessed to have seen it. What an amazing trip!!

maryanne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great experience, tour guide was professional and fun, took the back way in many places, so in the crowded environments, we were not in the crowds. The area of the wall was secluded, we felt as if we had the place to ourselves. Made for super photo opportunities. Great way to spend a day in Beijing.

Carol E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Wonderful private tour. Guide was very informative.

Claudia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great tour, great guide, got pictures with few to no other people, super

Lew and Leanne New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This was a great day. We were picked up at our hotel on time and taken the short distance to Tienimen square. Then onto the Forbidden city. For most of our visit to the Great Wall, we were the only visitors there. Our guide Carolyn was fantastic. Highly recommended

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