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Half Day In-depth Forbidden City Discovery Tour with Jinshan Park

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Half Day In-depth Forbidden City Discovery Tour with Jinshan Park
  • Half Day In-depth Forbidden City Discovery Tour with Jinshan Park
  • Half Day In-depth Forbidden City Discovery Tour with Jinshan Park
  • Half Day In-depth Forbidden City Discovery Tour with Jinshan Park
  • Half Day In-depth Forbidden City Discovery Tour with Jinshan Park
  • Half Day In-depth Forbidden City Discovery Tour with Jinshan Park
  • Half Day In-depth Forbidden City Discovery Tour with Jinshan Park

Tour Style:
A Special Beijing Tour is designed for who are interested in the Forbidden City and would like to travel in depth of this palace. Unlike regular tours which only go through the central axis, this tour may give you an in-depth understanding of the imperial palace. Climb up the Jinshan park to get the panorama of the Forbidden City.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):
Forbidden City, Jingshan Park

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Beijing, train station or Airport

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Beijing, train station or Airport

Tour Customizable:
Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry)

Payment Types:
Cash,Wire,Paypal,WesternUnion,Wechat Pay,Alipay

Available: Daily

Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Beijing
  • Today's Activities: Forbidden City, Jingshan Park
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

We arrange pick-up at your downtown Beijing hotel or Beijing Railway Station. Our local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby or the station exit with a "Your Way Holiday" pick-up sign for easy identification. They ensure a smooth transfer, assisting with luggage and providing valuable city tips to enhance your travel experience. From arrival onwards, our team is committed to delivering excellent service and personalized assistance, ensuring a pleasant and memorable journey throughout your stay.

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You will visit the Forbidden City, which is the largest imperial palace in the world, home to 24 emperors in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties. The Forbidden City, also named the Palace Museum, shares the honor of being one of five world-famous palaces with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in the U.S. and the Kremlin in Russia. The incomparable palace occupies an area of 720,000 square meters (177.9 acres) and has approximately 8,700 rooms. A high red wall with a total length of 3,400 meters (3,718 yards) encases the palace. Our professional tour guide will take you to explore insight of Forbidden city.

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The Meridian Gate
Before entering the Forbidden City, our guide will first take you to see the iconic turret of the Forbidden City, known for its unique architecture and significant historical importance. This vantage point offers a stunning view and a perfect photo opportunity. Following this, you will enter the Forbidden City through the imposing Meridian Gate, the largest and most magnificent gate of the complex. The Meridian Gate, historically significant as the place where the emperor would issue proclamations and penalize offending officials during the Qing Dynasty, serves as an impressive introduction to the grandeur and history of the Forbidden City. As you pass through the gate, our guide will share intriguing stories and facts about the architectural marvels and the historical events that took place within these ancient walls, setting the stage for an unforgettable exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Meridian GateThe Meridian Gate

The Royal Library
Walk to the Hall of Literary Profundity, where our guide provides detailed insights into its history as a royal library built 300 years ago. This architectural gem housed the emperor's vast collection of books and documents. Our guide explains the significance of colors in the Forbidden City, noting yellow's dominance as a symbol of the royal family. Interestingly, the Royal Library's roof is uniquely black, symbolizing water to protect against fire, reflecting ancient Chinese beliefs in elemental harmony and attention to detail. Explore the hall as our guide illuminates its cultural and historical context, enriching your visit with fascinating stories.

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Hall of Supreme Harmony
Returning to the Central Axis Way, you will be greeted by the grandeur of the vast square in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, one of the three main halls of the Forbidden City. This magnificent hall, an epitome of imperial architecture, was the heart of ceremonial activities in the palace. Here, significant events such as the accession of a new emperor, the emperor's birthday celebrations, and the announcement of important edicts took place, each marked by elaborate rituals and solemn pageantry. The immense square, capable of accommodating thousands of officials and dignitaries, bears witness to the grandeur and authority of the imperial court. As you stand in this historic space, our knowledgeable tour guide will provide you with in-depth explanations of the hall's architectural features, historical significance, and the ceremonial practices that once occurred here. Feel free to ask any questions you may have; our guide is eager to share their expertise and satisfy your curiosity, ensuring a rich and engaging experience as you explore this iconic symbol of Chinese heritage.

Hall of Supreme HarmonyHall of Supreme Harmony

High stone slab
Walk along the intricate white marble balustrade, descending from the main palaces, and immerse yourself in the majestic splendor of the Forbidden City. As you make your way down, you will encounter a striking high stone slab adorned with exquisite dragon and cloud designs. This monumental piece of art, weighing approximately 200 tons, is a testament to the craftsmanship and ingenuity of ancient Chinese artisans. Our guide will share the fascinating story of how this immense slab was transported all the way from Fangshan, located to the southwest of Beijing, using an ingenious system of ice roads and sledges during the Ming Dynasty. The dragon, a symbol of imperial power and authority, intricately carved into the stone, combined with the swirling clouds, represents the emperor's divine right to rule. This remarkable feature not only adds to the aesthetic beauty of the Forbidden City but also provides a glimpse into the rich cultural and historical heritage of ancient China. Our guide will provide detailed insights into the significance and the meticulous efforts that went into creating and transporting this colossal masterpiece, enriching your experience of this iconic site.

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The Crystal Palace
Next, visit the enigmatic Crystal Palace, an intriguing and unfinished structure within the Forbidden City. Unlike the traditional Chinese architecture that dominates the complex, the Crystal Palace stands out with its Western-style design, reflecting the influence of foreign architectural trends during the late Qing Dynasty. Originally intended to be a grand exhibition hall for displaying cultural artifacts and treasures, its construction was abruptly halted, and it remains incomplete to this day. The reasons behind its abandonment are shrouded in mystery, adding an aura of intrigue to this unique site. Some speculate that the sudden halt was due to financial difficulties, while others believe it was due to the political turmoil of the era. As you explore this architectural anomaly, our guide will delve into the fascinating history and theories surrounding the Crystal Palace, offering you a deeper understanding of its historical context and the cross-cultural influences that shaped its design. The unfinished state of the building, combined with its mysterious backstory, makes it a compelling and thought-provoking stop on your tour of the Forbidden City.

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Hall of Heavenly Purity and the Hall of Earthly Tranquility
The Hall of Heavenly Purity served as the principal residence and administrative center for emperors during the Ming and early Qing Dynasties, where they conducted state affairs and made crucial decisions. Adjacent to it, the Palace of Earthly Tranquility originally housed the empress during the Ming Dynasty but underwent significant reconstruction in the Qing Dynasty. During this period, it transformed into the sacred nuptial chamber for the emperor and empress, symbolizing the union of Yin and Yang, and also served as an altar for the worship of Shamanistic deities. Our knowledgeable guide will illuminate the historical evolution of these halls, explaining their architectural significance, cultural symbolism, and the rituals and ceremonies that took place within their walls. This insight will deepen your appreciation of the Forbidden City's role not only as a political center but also as a sacred space where imperial authority and spiritual beliefs intertwined, shaping the course of Chinese history.

Hall of Heavenly Purity and theHall of Earthly TranquilityHall of Heavenly Purity and theHall of Earthly Tranquility

Hall of Mental Cultivation
Leaving the Inner Palace Courtyard, take a leisurely stroll alongside the Western Chamber towards your next destination, the Hall of Mental Cultivation. This hall holds significant historical importance, particularly for the events known as "Power Behind the Screen." Here, you will encounter a remarkable screen that once stood between the throne of "the Little Emperor" and his influential mother, "the Dragon Lady." This screen symbolizes the subtle yet powerful role played by the empress dowager in imperial governance during the Qing Dynasty. As you explore this historical site, our guide will delve into the intriguing details of these events, offering insights into the complex dynamics of power and influence within the Forbidden City. Discover how decisions were made and policies shaped behind the scenes, illuminating a pivotal chapter in Chinese history. This immersive experience will deepen your understanding of the cultural and political legacy preserved within the walls of this renowned UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hall of Mental CultivationHall of Mental Cultivation

Next, we'll make our way to Jingshan Park, a serene royal landscape garden located just behind the Forbidden City. As we trek up Jingshan Hill, which was once known as Wansui Hill or Meishan Hill, you'll discover its rich historical significance and stunning natural beauty. Covering an expansive area of 57 acres, Jingshan Park offers a peaceful retreat in the heart of bustling Beijing. At the summit, the highest point in the city, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view. From this vantage point, you'll enjoy a bird's-eye perspective of the entire Beijing skyline, with the majestic Forbidden City prominently in view. Our guide will enrich your visit with stories of the hill's evolution through history, its importance in imperial times, and its transformation into the beloved public park it is today. Prepare to be captivated by both the historical depth and the stunning vistas that Jingshan Park has to offer, making it a memorable highlight of your Beijing exploration.

Jingshan ParkJingshan Park

After the enriching tour, our priority is your convenience and comfort. You'll have the option to be escorted back to your hotel or dropped off at Beijing Train Station, ensuring a seamless conclusion to your day of exploration. At "Travel like a local," we embrace the philosophy of experiencing destinations authentically and with ease. We wish you continued enjoyment and discovery on your travels, and we look forward to welcoming you on future adventures. Safe travels!

Optional Activities

In order to make sure you see more of the grand capital of Beijing than just the normal sightseeing places, we've concocted a selection of various unique and interesting optional activities for you, including the local life experience, cultural performances, Chinese art leaning and more. You will definitely get a deep understanding of Beijing through these activities, you can choose the following optional activities according to your interests.

Morning Market Marvels: A Vibrant Beijing Experience

Dive into the heart of Beijing's bustling morning market, a sensory feast where local life bursts with energy. Wander among vendors offering exotic fruits, fragrant spices, and tantalizing street food delicacies, immersing yourself in a kaleidoscope of color and culture.

Morning MarketMorning Market

Paper Cutting Extravaganza: A Journey into Chinese Artistry

Uncover the essence of Chinese artistry through a captivating paper cutting workshop. Delve into the intricate craft of "Jianzhi," the traditional art of paper cutting, celebrated for its delicate beauty and cultural significance. Our expert instructors will guide you through the techniques of this ancient art form, enabling you to craft your own exquisite designs. Whether you're inspired by the graceful curves of nature or the rich tapestry of Chinese folklore, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to create your own masterpiece. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Chinese culture as you explore the timeless art of paper cutting.

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Martial Arts Mastery: Unleash the Power of Kung Fu

Step into the world of martial arts with an exhilarating Kung Fu workshop. Immerse yourself in the ancient techniques and philosophy of this legendary discipline as our seasoned instructors guide you through the fundamentals. From mastering basic stances to executing powerful strikes, you'll embark on a journey of physical and mental transformation. Channel your inner warrior as you learn to harness strength, agility, and focus. Whether you're a novice or seasoned practitioner, this workshop offers an unforgettable opportunity to experience the timeless artistry and discipline of Kung Fu.

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Tai Chi at Temple of Heaven - Find Harmony in Motion

Join us for a serene Tai Chi session amidst the ancient grounds of the Temple of Heaven. Surrounded by the historical aura of this UNESCO World Heritage site, you'll learn the graceful movements of Tai Chi, a traditional Chinese martial art. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the gentle flow of movements, helping you find balance and harmony within yourself and the tranquil surroundings. Immerse yourself in this centuries-old practice, connecting with the essence of Chinese culture and philosophy.

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Ink and Inspiration: The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Embark on a journey of artistic expression with our Chinese calligraphy workshop. Discover the ancient art of "Shufa," where strokes of ink transform into graceful characters with profound meaning. Under the guidance of our experienced calligraphers, you'll learn the fundamentals of brush handling and ink techniques. From mastering the elegant curves of traditional scripts to exploring contemporary styles, this workshop offers a hands-on experience in the timeless craft of Chinese calligraphy. Whether you seek to convey tranquility in every stroke or explore the dynamic rhythm of ink on paper, this workshop promises to awaken your creativity and deepen your appreciation for the beauty of Chinese culture.

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Chinese Language Lessons at Tea House - Sip and Speak Mandarin

Enhance your Beijing experience with an interactive Chinese language lesson at a charming tea house. Situated in a traditional courtyard setting, you'll sip on aromatic teas while delving into the basics of Mandarin Chinese. Our language instructors will introduce you to useful phrases and expressions, providing a fun and immersive way to learn. Engage in conversation with locals and fellow travelers, gaining confidence in your language skills as you enjoy the warmth of the tea house ambiance.

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Face Painting Workshop - Discover the Art of Chinese Opera

Unveil the mystery of Chinese opera with a hands-on face painting workshop. Dive into the intricate world of traditional "Gou" face painting, used to depict various characters and emotions in Chinese opera. Our skilled artists will teach you the techniques behind these elaborate designs, allowing you to create your own masterpiece. Whether you choose the fierce expressions of a warrior or the delicate features of a maiden, this workshop promises a creative and unforgettable experience, offering insight into the captivating artistry of Chinese opera.

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Authentic Peking Duck Dinner 
Savor the renowned Peking duck and local cuisine with the assistance of our expert guide. They'll provide insights into the history and significance of this culinary tradition, ensuring a seamless and memorable dining experience tailored to your preferences.

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Beijing Hutong Breakfast Experience    
Wake up early and join us for a local breakfast instead of eating in your hotel, we sample the most authentic and delicious breakfast hiding in plain sight once you get off the crowded roads and into the backstreets. The meandering hutong alleyways bustle with local neighborhood life and delicious food, especially in the morning.

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Flag-rasing Ceremony Wacthing at Tiananmen Sqaure    Free Charge
Get up early to watch the flag-rasing ceremony live at Tian'anmen Square is a dream shared by most Chinese, it’s worth watching. Chinese people gather around liking making a pilgrimage to watch the five-star red flag rises with the Sun at the same time and to express their love of country. You’ll be touch by the sacred atmosphere. The ceremony lasts around 3 minutes but is hugely popular.

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1. Cozy Ride: Enjoy the comfort and spaciousness of our air-conditioned car, offering scenic views.
2. Bilingual Expert Guide: Benefit from a personalized experience with a guide fluent in your language, catering to your needs.
3. Entrance Fees: Access to all attractions and activities mentioned in the itinerary.
4. Seamless Transfer: Enhance your experience with convenient hotel or train station pickup and drop-off service.
5. Connect Seamlessly: Stay connected with complimentary onboard WiFi, allowing you to share your experiences in real-time.
6. Complimentary Water: Receive a bottle of water for each person.


Price Excludes

1. Personal Expenses: This includes phone bills, laundry, additional tours, postage, and any entertainment fees not covered in the itinerary.
2. Meals: While meals are not included, our guide will recommend the best local food spots, giving you the chance to explore and choose based on your preferences. (Average cost per person for a regular meal at local eateries: 40RMB/6USD-80RMB/12USD)
3. Tips: Tips are not mandatory but are recommended for excellent service. If you feel satisfied with the service, you may consider leaving a tip.
4. Insurance: Insurance coverage for personal loss, illness, or damages incurred during your trip is not included.
5. Optional Activities: Any optional activities listed in the itinerary are not covered by the tour fees.


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