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5-Hour Skip-the-Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing

  • A guided tour of the Forbidden City with skip-the-line admission
  • Skip the crowds and enter the museum without waiting in line
  • Enjoy 18 different stops, from treasure collections to the royal garden
5-Hour Skip-the-Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing
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5-Hour Skip-the-Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing

The Forbidden City is the former seat of Chinese imperial power, once home to 24 different emperors over a 500-year span. Only a limited number of tickets are released each day, and visitors face long wait times to enter the sprawling royal residence. With these skip-the-line admission tickets, you’ll breeze past the crowds on an in-depth guided tour of the lavish palace complex.

What to Expect

After pickup at your Beijing hotel, head to the city’s top attraction with prebooked tickets. As the world’s best-preserved imperial residence, the Forbidden City draws visitors from every region of the globe, with most tourists facing long wait times to get inside. During this exclusive, skip-the-line tour, you’ll breeze past the crowds and enter the museum directly to begin your guided visit.

Step inside the 15th-century palace complex, once home to 24 different emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. Your private guide will be on hand to tell you about the history and culture of the Forbidden City as you wander the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take your time to explore its 1,000 lavish rooms and the sprawling royal compound: The in-depth tour includes 18 stops, including the lavish Antiquarium of the Palace Museum, where the royal treasures are displayed.

Reviews (56)
1 - 5 of 23 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Amazing tour!

I booked this tour as this was a place on my mum’s bucket list and we were not disappointed! Our guide, Joyce was fabulous; she was friendly, knowledgeable and so helpful. She knew the answers to all of our questions and we learnt so much...More

Thank GeekySteph
Reviewed August 23, 2018
Great Tour

My wife and I just came back from this tour which we will strongly recommend with the following considerations. 1. The Forbidden City (FB) is massive. One needs between 5 to 6 hours to go through most of the attractions currently open to tourist. A...More

3  Thank Rafflesia
Reviewed August 17, 2018
Excellent Tour

Everything about the tour was great. Our guide, Lisa, was the best. She was very knowledgeable and answered every question we had about the Forbidden City. The tour length is a perfect amount of time to see a place like the Forbidden City. I would...More

Thank Nildi P
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile
Great tour and quick response

Lily has been a great organizer and Lisa, our tour guide, has been lovable! We had the tour of Forbidden City, and we couldn’t find tickets as everything was sold out. Lily found tickets for us and organized a private tour the evening for the...More

3  Thank VirginioA
Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile
A brilliant tour

Lisa was a fantastic tour guide. She was easy to talk to, was very informative about the palace and was understanding of such a hot day to find shade and water! Went on to book another tour with the same company for tomorrow thanks to...More

2  Thank LucyRachel1992
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