FC02: In-depth Forbidden City Private Tour

Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Jingshan Park
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As top one of the World's Five Royal Palaces, Forbidden City has been a must-see tourist attraction for travelers coming to Beijing. Covering an area of 72 hectares (178 acres), it is one of the largest and best-preserved ancient wooden architectures in the world. Different from the 2-hour rough tour, we will spend no less than 3-4 hours to enjoy an in-depth Beijing Forbidden City Tour. Your expert guide will escort you to deeply explore this palace complex with a history of 600 years and reveal the life of the royal families and the stories of the rare cultural relics.
Enjoy a morning walk around Tiananmen Square
At around 08:30 in the morning, your guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel and then accompany you to Tiananmen Square by subway or public bus to start your Beijing Forbidden City tour. Before entering the Forbidden City, we will spend about 30 minutes on Tiananmen Square which is located in the city center. Your guide will explain the history of the square and show you the representative national buildings there, such as Great Hall of the People, National Museum, Monument to the People’s Heroes and so on. You can walk around and take pictures.
Forbidden City
Majestic views of the Forbidden City
Then follow your guide to go through the Tiananmen Tower and enter the Meridian Gate, the main entrance of the Forbidden City as well as the biggest one among the four gates. After entering, first we will watch the Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition in the Hall of Martial Valor, and the Ceramics Exhibition in the Hall of Literary Glory.

The specific route is as follows:
Forbidden City Map
Next we will explore the grand architectures on the Central Axis one by one, including the Gate of Supreme Harmony and the three main halls in the Outer Court - Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserved Harmony. In front of the Gate of Supreme Harmony, there are two big bronze lions built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), attracting numerous visitors to take pictures. Hall of Supreme Harmony, the first and biggest palace in the Forbidden City, used to be the place holding grand ceremonies in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). Your guide will explain the background knowledge of the palace in detail and show you the best position for shooting nice photos. Hall of Central Harmony in the middle is a place where emperors took rest and made preparations before the ceremony. Behind is the Hall of Preserved Harmony, it was the residence of emperors Shunzhi and Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Forbidden City, Beijing
Explore the grand imperial palaces in depth
After going through the Gate of Heavenly Purity, we will continue our Forbidden City tour to the Inner Court, where the emperors dealt with daily political affairs and lived with the royal families. Different from the solemn Outer Court, the architectures here are delicate and decorated elegantly. We will tour the three main palaces to learn the royal life: Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Celestial and Terrestrial Union, and Palace of Earthly Tranquility. From Ming Dynasty to the early Qing Dynasty, the Palace of Heavenly Purity is the main place that emperors handled state affairs and lived; the Hall of Celestial and Terrestrial Union is the place where empresses received greetings on major festivals, while the Palace of Earthly Tranquility used to be the living palace for empresses. In the Qing Dynasty, it has been the worship place for Shamanism and the wedding room for emperor and empress.
Beijing Forbidden City
Learn the royal life from your guide
Forbidden City in Beijing
Take photos of the architecture
Go on walking northward, we will come to the Imperial Garden. With towering pines and cypresses, precious flowers, stones and pavilions, the Imperial Garden was built for the rest and sightseeing of the royal family. After a leisurely stroll in the garden, you will be guided to visit the Clock and Watch Gallery in the Hall for Ancestry Worship, and then the Treasure Gallery and Pavilion of Pleasant Sound in the Palace of Tranquil Longevity. The Clock and Watch Gallery has collected various domestic and foreign clocks in the Qing Dynasty. There are also clock shows at 11:00 and 14:00 every day. You may watch if time allows. The Treasure Gallery with a large collection of precious cultural relics is also worth visiting. Here you will see the famous Nine Dragon Screen, with a total length of 29 meters (32 yards). Then, we will exit the Forbidden City from the Gate of Devine Prowess at the north end.
Clock Gallery, Forbidden City
Clock Exhibition
Treasure Gallery of Forbidden City
Treasure Gallery
Now we are at the Jingshan Park after crossing the street. It served as the imperial garden in the Yuan (1271-1368), Ming and Qing Dynasties, and was once the highest point in downtown Beijing. The best place to overlook Forbidden City is the Wangchun Pavilion which can be reached in 10 minutes’ climbing up. Please do not miss the scenery on top if you still have energy. The park itself also boasts graceful environment and abundant local cultural activities, which is wonderful for you to observe the local life.
Jingshan Park, Beijing
A panorama of Forbidden City seen from the Jingshan Hill
Your in-depth Forbidden City tour ends at the Jingshan Park. After the sightseeing, you may find your own way back to your hotel or take a subway to Sanlitun or Houhai. There are lots of bars and restaurants where travelers are able to experience the night life of Beijing. Your guide will recommend the best transportation accordingly. Thank you for choosing us and wish you a pleasant trip!

 Friendly Tips

· The Forbidden City covers quite a large area, so a lot of walking is required in this in-depth exploration. We suggest you have a good rest the day before to maintain good physical strength and wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the sightseeing.

· As the visiting time is relatively long, please remember to take some snacks if needed. We will prepare enough drinking water for you.
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