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Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby at the time you advised as your preferred pickup time when booking. Then take local transportation , taxi or subway (At your own cost) or walk  to Tiananmen Square , the world’s largest central squares. It’s located in the geographical heart of the city. Stand amid the history as your guide explains its past and points out its significant buildings.

Thereafter, you’ll continue into the Forbidden City shrouded with mysteries. During the walking tour, you may feel confused about the special designs and totems of the palace, especially the cultural meaning behind them. 

Why there are 9 sculptures of mythical animals on the roof ridge of Hall of Supreme Harmony but not 8 or 10; why there are 9999.5 but not 10000 rooms in the palace; Why the eyes and ears of the stone lions in front of the Palace of Tranquility and Longevity blocked… 

With the historical knowledge from your guide, you will gradually uncover these cultural secrets and explore a more different Forbidden City you’ve ever heard about.

After a close insight of the Forbidden City, you are going to exit in the north and then climb up to Jingshan Park which is the best spot to overlook the panorama of the Forbidden City. Just prepare to embrace the stunning scenery.

At last, ask your guide for transportation information to your next destination before bidding farewell to your guide.

Locations visited
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Hall of Preserving Harmony (Baohedian)
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Forbidden City tour with Vivianne

Had a wonderful time on this tour! We had ten in our group. We were picked up at our hotel. Van was very clean. Our tour guide Vivianne was very friendly and gave us lots of information about the Forbidden City. Leo was very helpful...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile
Excellent tour with guide Helen

We (3 adults and 1 infant) had a wonderful tour with Helen, our guide. Helen speaks perfect English and could tell us a lot about the history of the sights and the life inside the forbidden city at the emperors' times, which makes the experience...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2018
Fabulous experience of the Forbidden City

I had a day on my own in Beijing at the end of a business trip to China, so decided to book this tour. April was a fantastically knowledgeable guide, with excellent English and was fun to be with. She skilfully avoided the crowds, and...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 31 May 2018
Wonderful experience touring Forbidden City and Jinshan park

My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Cindy, our tour guide. Cindy was so easy to be with. Her English is good, she arrived at our lobby on time and even adjusted the start time of our tour since our flight arrived at...More

2  Thank tehoisington
Reviewed 25 May 2018
Amazing experience with Tour guide Susan

We're a family of 3 (2 adults and a 10 year old) and we booked a private tour with Leo's to the Forbidden City, Tianmen Quare and a walk around Hutongs. Susan was the best tour guide we could find. She's knowledgeable and funny and...More

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