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5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium provided by Discover Beijing Tours

5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium

5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium
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Tour snapshot
See more of Beijing in less time on an express sightseeing tour
Duration:
5h
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Cover more Beijing highlights in less time during a sightseeing tour that provides an ideal introduction to China’s capital for first-time visitors. As well as limiting the group size to 12 to ensure you receive personalized attention from your guide, this tour includes skip-the-line access to the Forbidden City (Palace Museum), which can attract long lines.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Highlights
  • The obvious choice for time-pressed travelers
  • Travel between dispersed landmarks in a climate-controlled vehicle
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 12 people
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • The obvious choice for time-pressed travelers
  • Travel between dispersed landmarks in a climate-controlled vehicle
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 12 people
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 11301P67
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup (for Hotels within the 3rd ring road of Beijing City)
  • Fobiddden city entrance fee
  • Entrance fee to two museums
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Heavenly Purity
  • Entry/Admission - The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Exclusions
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off outside of designated location
  • Transportation to the Tian'anmen square (at your own expense)
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick you up from your hotel within the 4th ring road of Beijing city, please provide the hotel details when make booking. If your hotel is out of the 4th ring road of Beijing city, may have extra cost.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • In order to get your skip the line entrance ticket to Forbidden City, your passport name and number are required at time of booking (for all participants)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup (for Hotels within the 3rd ring road of Beijing City)
  • Fobiddden city entrance fee
  • Entrance fee to two museums
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Heavenly Purity
  • Entry/Admission - The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
Exclusions
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off outside of designated location
  • Transportation to the Tian'anmen square (at your own expense)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick you up from your hotel within the 4th ring road of Beijing city, please provide the hotel details when make booking. If your hotel is out of the 4th ring road of Beijing city, may have extra cost.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • In order to get your skip the line entrance ticket to Forbidden City, your passport name and number are required at time of booking (for all participants)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Pass by
    Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)
    Great Hall of the People (Renmin Dahuitang)
    National Museum Of China
    Meridian Gate (Wu Men)
  • 2
    Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Palace of Heavenly Purity
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 6
    The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 7
    The Nine Dragon Screen of The Palace Museum
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 8
    The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

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CK1495
Vienna, Austria4 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Couples
We booked this great tour with Lucy! Everything worked perfectly well. She picked us up at our hotel right on time (which is in our experience not that usual with other tour guides/operator). First, she led us around Tiananmen Square and told us about its history and present significance. In the Forbidden City, we were able to jump the queues because Lucy had prebooked our tickets which saved us a lot of time. Again, she gave us a deep insight into the history of the Forbidden City and China in general and we learned many things that we did not know. Although she gave us very detailed information, it was easy to listen to her and understand her. We can only recommend this tour to everyone and if you are interested in history, then there is really no better way to discover the Forbidden City.
Written 18 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stradchow
London, United Kingdom66 contributions
Our tour guide was Lucy, who spoke excellent English and took us around the enormous Forbidden City as if it was her own backyard. She was also very accommodating to our needs so we were really happy that we booked this tour!
Written 26 October 2018
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Paul S
Shanghai, China1 contribution
Oct. 2019
We booked the 5h tour and Lucy was our guide.
She picked us up from our Hotel very timely and
organised the transportation to Tiananmen square,
where we met four more participants of the tour
(in total we've been six). We started with
exploring the square and got to know the buildings
on/around it. Then Lucy organised our tickets and
we entered the palace museum --
were really happy to bypass the huge crowd that wants
to get in. Inside the palace, however, people are more
dispersed and we had a relaxed tour of all the highlights.
The tour ended with visits to two museums on site.

There are plenty of shops selling souvenirs, drinks and snacks
but almost no trees! Beware of the sun! ;-)

The itinerary is perfect to get an impression of imperial
life in the palace and organised very well, everything went
quite smooth. Lucy is a passionate guide, speaks very good
English and knows the palace inside out.
She answered our manifold questions about the
palace, its history until today but also everyday life in China. :-)
Lucy was very attentive and made sure we enjoyed our trip,
providing help with taking pictures and valuable tips for
our stay in Beijing. One of her recommendations was to visit
Jingshan park after the tour, just opposite the exit gate of the
forbidden city. It is a little hill from where you have a fantastic
view over the palace and central Beijing.
Written 6 October 2019
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Gilly
Nadi, Fiji1 contribution
Becky our guide was wonderful! Very knowledgeable and friendly and her English was perfect. She told us so many details we would have missed and was a wonderful guide. She also gave us recommendations for other places to go in Beijing during our stay. Highly recommended!
Written 30 December 2018
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Susan
1 contribution
Jimmy met me at my hotel and he accompanied me to the Forbidden City. Jimmy made for an informative and fun afternoon! Thx Jimmy
Written 9 November 2018
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Brian
Nottingham, UK4 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
Thanks for a great personal tour of the main sights in the centre of Beijing. Having a guide is a must to allow you to bypass the long security queues at the entrance to Tiananmen Square, and Jimmy had lots of interesting information and stories to accompany a leisurely-paced walk through the Forbidden City. There was plenty of time for exploring & taking photos and the tour ends in the ideal place to walk up Jingshan hill to see it from above.
Written 25 June 2018
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CraigH1649
Glasgow, UK17 contributions
We (a group of 3 young people) had a great time touring The Forbidden City today with our guide Sofia! We were picked up from our hotel and given a private guide tour of Tiananmen Square before making our way into The Forbidden City. Crowds were already HUGE at 7.30-8am so you really do have to get there early! Sofia got us through the entrances quickly (having prebooked our tickets) and gave us a very thorough tour of the Outer Court, Inner Court, Gardens, Clock Museum, Treasury and all the famous Halls, Imperial residences and concubine quarters in between. We spent around 3.5-4 hours in total within the City and really felt like we saw all the main things - including an unexpected Chinese Opera performance!

Would definitely recommend this tour (perhaps a little overpriced though) but the guide Sofia made sure we saw all the main sites and was happy to take our pictures and videos for us!
Written 9 June 2018
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LarissaLacombe
Seoul, South Korea98 contributions
Mar. 2018 • Couples
I highly recommend visiting the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square with a guide, because it allows you to understand the importance and meaning of its buildings and spaces. We had a great experience. Our guide Qing was excellent, she gave us loads of information and interesting stories about the sights, helping us make the most of our visit. Luckily the tour was our very first activity in Beijing, so what she taught us helped a lot when visiting other sights such us the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven by ourselves.
Written 2 April 2018
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vintageplums
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to be lead on a private tour because there were no other bookings and skipped the long queues because we were with a tour guide. We had Jimmy as our guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable, especially on the topic of the last emperor. He kept us engaged the whole 5 hours with information on Tianmen Square and the Forbidden City. He was also very caring and responsible - he even called the night before to make sure we bring everything we need and answered all my housekeeping questions. Because lunch isn't provided, he took the bus with us after the tour had ended to show us where to try traditional Beijing food like luzhu (卤煮). It is worth mentioning that this tour doesn't cover every building in the Forbidden City but was still very comprehensive. Overall we really enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend Jimmy!
Written 9 August 2019
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leong101
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Couples
My husband and I had a really good time visiting the Forbidden City. Jimmy was a really fun tour guide; he has a good sense of humor and knows how to help us navigate the crowd. He has lots of historical information to share but also lots of other interesting stories to tell as well. As he has been to Malaysia (where we were originally from), we made a very interesting discovery and connection between the 2nd Ming emperor and Malacca. Throughout the tour, we did not feel rush; Jimmy allowed us lots of flexible time for photos etc and it was also probably because we were the only 2 on the tour even though this was a small group tour. All in all, we had a really wonderful time and Jimmy was an excellent guide with excellent English! Highly recommend him and the tour!
Written 15 July 2019
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FellowTraveler777811
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Beijing
Beijing is a beautiful city. Full of life and character. City was clean and people were friendly. Do not take pi
Jet695113
Jet695113
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Exceptional.
This tour was exceptional. Qing was very knowledgeable and funny. We enjoyed listening to her a lot, as she did not
Sanchotrip
Sanchotrip
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A nice city escape!
I live in Beijing. I booked this private tour to escape the city for a few hours and it was just what I expected. Q
JuhaJarv
JuhaJarv
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Nice trip
Very nicely organized trip to Great wall. Everything went smoothly with guide Jason and driver had nice quality VW.
pattycake_adventures
pattycake_adventures
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Perfect day on the wall!
Wow! What an amazing day we had with Qing, who took us to the wall and the summer palace. She told us awesome stori
latoyaj632
latoyaj632
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5 stars! Book as soon as possible!
My daughter and I had the pleasure of having Qing as our tour guide. We had a great experience. Qing was very knowl
taycolld
taycolld
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Fantastic tour of the Forbidden City
We had a fantastic tour with Qing to the Forbidden City. She was excellent with her communication beforehand and ad
Wildfire6924
Wildfire6924
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Forbidden City Tour
My wife & I had the opportunity to spend the day with Susan for a tour of the Forbidden City & the Temple of Heaven
Wildfire6924
Wildfire6924
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Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour
Qing & her team were very easy to work with- Qing was our tour guide, translator, photographer, & provided transpor
P650QKtonyh
P650QKtonyh
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Amazing tour guide!
This was the very first tour I’ve been a part of. Our guide Qing was amazing! She talked about the history and gave
bentz_dc
bentz_dc
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Awesome Tour!!
Great location for foreigners to see The Great Wall and Summer Palace! Our guide, Qing, did a great job giving us t
lim_benson
lim_benson
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Good Tour with Linda!
Fluent in English (and Chinese of course) and energetic, it was great to have Linda as our day tour guide. She made
dimarieee
dimarieee
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JIMMY! The best!
This tour was AMAZING. Although it was a rainy day, Jimmy brought sunshine. He was very knowledgable, purchased o
dimarieee
dimarieee
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The BEST Day !!!
This day is one I will never forget. We went on the fourth of July... the HOTTEST day. Lucy took us to a private
Sharon T
Sharon T
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Becky was a fabulous tour guide.
This review is a long time in coming, we visited China last year 2019 in March/ April. We were a private party of
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