Beijing Private Tour: 2-Hour Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City Quick Explorer

2 to 3 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


With limited time in Beijing, avoid the crowds and take a 2-hour walking tour through the Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City.Choose from several times available and learn the stories behind the masterpieces with the direct entry.Your guide will meet in your hotel's lobby and lead you to discover the highlights of the Forbidden city.After the 2 hours guided tour, you will have your own time to explore more of the Palace or your guide will give suggestions on where to go to your next destination and how.Entrance fees and free hotel pick up with one way transfer is included.


  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Private tour
  • One-way private transfer to The Tian'anmen Square
  • Entrance fee
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Heavenly Purity
  • Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), West Changan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

Choose from several start time to suit your schedule, and meet your guide in your Beijing city hotel's lobby.Transfer by private vehicle to The Tian'anmen Square to start your walking tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang), Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District, Beijing China

At The Tian'anmen Square ,your guide will offer a detailed explanation about the surroundings.Including The Great Hall of The People, The National Museum, The Monument To the People's Hero, Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall, The Front Gates.Then Walking through the Tian'anmen Gate, heading directly to the Forbidden City.

Stop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009 China

Your tickets will be booked online in advance. While walking your guide will tell you the histories and stories of the most important buildings and making you feel immersed in the history of the Ming and Qing Dynasty.You'll be walking pass the most notable buildings during the tour.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian), Inside The Palace Museum, Beijing China

Throughout the tour, ask all the questions you like and enjoy the personalized attention of your private guide to get to know the history and stories of this massive palace.

This 2 hour tour includes: the Hall of Great Harmony, The Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Palace of Heavenly Purity, Inside The Palace of Museum, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

In the Inner Court, you will visit The Hall of Heavenly Purity, The Hall of Union and The Hall of Earthly Tranquility 

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: The Imperial Garden of The Palace Museum, Inside The Palace of Museum, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006 China

After two hours, your tour will conclude in front of the North Gate of the Forbidden City.You will have your own time to explore more of the Palace or your guide will give suggestions on where to go to your next destination and how.

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Stroller accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
June 2023

Learning the history of China Dynasties and Emporers. Their customs and way of life and how they have changed through time.

May 2023

Exceptional English speaking guide! Very informative and fun! Going early was good to avoid some of the crowds. He spent time helping us navigate unexpected traffic at end. If you are short on time this is great option.

January 2020

My girlfriend and I very much enjoyed the tour of the forbidden city! It started by walking through the Tiananmen Square, where Lucy gave us a lot of history of the country and the government that was relevant to the buildings around us. We then entered the Forbidden City and it’s really somethin...

Rob M
September 2019

It was a day with temps in mid 30s and humidity around 60. We started at 10 am, from our hotel walking distance to Tienanmen. Jimmy was on time, cheerful, knowledgeable and had initiative. We'd not booked anything advance - not too big a risk in off-peak - but things were thrown slightly awry by ...

August 2019

We actually had a 4 hour tour and it was awesome. Our tour guide, Jimmy was perfect. He was very informative and helpful. We avoided long lines and learned so much. I would highly recommend this tour.

July 2019

My friend and I had thought we might have done this tour by ourselves as our hotel was not far away but we were really pleased that we changed our minds and were fortunate to have a terrific guide in Jing. Her lovely bubbly nature and informative conversation made this tour very worth while. The ...

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