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Independent Forbidden City Tours

Taking a Forbidden City tour is definitely a must for travelers coming to China. We specially design the following Forbidden City self-guided tours with different routes to help you get a comprehensive understanding of this great imperial palace and have a deep impression on Chinese history. Join our Forbidden City trip now and explore more!
Meridian Gate - Inner Golden Water River Bridges - Gate of Unified Harmony - Hall of Literary Glory - Gate of Amiability - Hall of Martial Valor - Gate of Supreme Harmony - Tiren Pavilion & Hongyi Pavilion - Hall of Supreme Harmony - Hall of Central Harmony - Hall of Preserved Harmony - Gate of Heavenly Purity - Palace of Heavenly Purity - Hall of Celestial and Terrestrial Union - Palace of Earthly Tranquility - Imperial Garden - Gate of Diving Prowess
Palace for Gathering Elegance - Hall of Gathering Excellence - Palace of Universal Happiness - Palace of the Queen Consort - Palace of Eternal Spring - Hall of All-Encompassing Universe - Hall of the Supreme Pole - Palace of Eternal Longevity - Hall of Manifesting Obedience - The Hall of Mental Cultivation - Office of the Privy Council
Palace of Accumulated Purity - Palace of Great Brilliance - Palace of Celestial Favor - Palace of Eternal Harmony - Palace of Great Benevolence - Palace of Prolonging Happiness - Hall for Abstinence - Hall for Ancestral Worship
Glazed-tile Nine-Dragon Screen - Hall of Imperial Supremacy - Palace of Tranquil Longevity - Garden of Qianlong Emperor - Pavilion of Pleasant Sounds - Hall of Viewing Opera - Hall of Spiritual Cultivation - Hall of Joyful Longevity - Belvedere of Well-nourished Harmony - Well of Concubine Zhen
Questions & Answers
Asked by Aniruddha Ray from INDIA | Jan. 31, 2018 11:38Reply
Do one Ticket of Line Bus 2 allow the break journey? or I have to purchase ticket again ?
Suppose I take Line 2 bus from Tiananmen square purchasing ticket of CNY15 and get down at Beihai park after some time again I take Line 2 bus from Beihai Park for Wangfujing Street. Do I need to purchase ticket again or the ticket purchased before will do
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Answered by Lynn | Jan. 31, 2018 20:02

Yes, I am afraid that you need to purchase the ticket again when you hop on the bus the next time.
Asked by Robert from USA | Oct. 31, 2017 20:35Reply
Where else can you enter forbidden city
Can one enter from other places except for tiananmen square is there another place where one can enter the forbidden city
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Answered by Jenny | Nov. 01, 2017 01:55

No, no other entrance for visitors except for the Meridian Gate. Now, visitors can only enter the palace through the Meridian Gate (Wumen) and leave from the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwumen) or East Prosperity Gate (Donghuamen).
Asked by Shirley from MALAYSIA | Oct. 06, 2017 19:57Reply
Bus tourist line A and B
Can I have the bus route for tourist bus A and B .what is the ticket price? Need to purchase ticket in advance and where? Or just hop on the bus for ticket? Thank you
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Answered by Nancy | Oct. 08, 2017 21:56

Do you mean the sightseeing bus in Beijing? Now, there are three lines in operation. Hereunder is the route:

Line 1: It passes 20 noted attractions, such as Qianmen, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the National Museum, Beihai Park and Jingshan Park.
Line 2: It passed some famous attractions like Qianmen, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Jingshan Park and Wangfujing Pedestrian Street.
Line 3: It passes several well-known landmarks such as Summer Palace, Ruins of Yuanmingyuan, Tsinghua & Peking University, National Stadium (Bird's Nest), Deshengmen, Drum Tower and Forbidden City.

The tickets fee is CNY15 per person for line 1 and line 2, and CNY20 for line 3. The boarding point for line 1 is at Yongdingmen Gate Tower, the boarding point for line 2 is at Qianmen and for line 3 is at Beigongmen and Shenwumen. You may purchase the tickets when you get on the bus.
Asked by Robyn from USA | May. 17, 2017 12:04Reply
Does the Forbidden City have tours through them?
Can you book a tour, directly with the people who manage the Forbidden City (sell the tickets) or do you have to book through an independent company?
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Answered by Li | May. 18, 2017 22:46

There are audio guide devices available at the entrance of the Forbidden City. You can rent one if you would like to visit the palace independently. However, if you want to explore further and get more detailed explanation of the site, I would suggest you take a private guided tour through a travel agency.
Asked by P AKERS from CANADA | Feb. 11, 2017 10:51Reply
Is it true you can get into Forbidden City only by going through Tian'anmen Tower?
Does the ticket have to be purchased through a tour company or can it be bought by an individual? does it have to be ordered ahead or can it be got at the gate?
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Answered by Wong | Feb. 12, 2017 21:47

The main entrance of the Forbidden City is Meridian Gate (Wumen). You are suggested to enter from this gate by going through Tiananmen Tower and leave from Shenwumen. The admission tickets can be bought by an individual on the spot, but since there are only few tickets available on the spot, you are advised to get there as early as possible to purchase the tickets.
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