Do you want to tour Forbidden City and you are looking for a reputable tour guide. If yes then look no further than us. This unique Forbidden city heritage walking tour will guide you to find all the hidden gems in the Forbidden city.We will not rush you as it is usually the case with tour groups. You will take your time and get to learn mythical historic stories as well as get comprehensive explanations and full pictures of the Forbidden City. We will ensure that no secret is kept from you. your trip will be fun, memorable and insightful.
- You will get to view the original scene of the famous movie, “The last emperor” at the Forbidden City
- You will get to learn more about the hidden story of the Chinese imperial life
- You will get to view the magnificent imperial palace which is the largest in the world (it has 9,999 palaces)
- We will give you a FM headset just to make sure that you hear all presentations clearly
- We will ensure that you get to view all crucial places at the Forbidden City that a normal 2 hours tour will not. We will not rush you, you will take your time and view all important places.
WHY CHOOSE US
- We will purchase a ticket on your behalf one day prior to actual visit
- You will not have to worry about long queues at Forbidden City entrance. When you choose, us then you will skip long lines and go straight to the security checkpoint and gain entrance immediately.
- We understand the Forbidden City in and out and we know amazing but less visited parts of Forbidden City that will allow you to see spectacular elements. Our experienced staff will show you hidden but amazing places that you will never find on your own and tell you hidden secrets that you will never discover on your own.
- We will take you to amazing places where normal tour guide will not. This include places like sculpture museum, art gallery, clock exhibition among many others.
- The routes that we use are unique and will ensure that you see everything that you need without walking for long distances.
OUR DETAILED PROGRAM
8:00am to 8.30am—Hotel pickup then drive you to Tian’anmen Square
Our friendly and highly experienced chauffeurs will pick you at your hotel at around 8.00 am and drive in a comfortable car to the Tiananmen Square which is the largest urban square in the world. Here, you will get to see the famous portrait of the legend chairman Mao hanging on the Red Wall. You can also take pictures and walk around this amazing complex. Our experienced and friendly tour guide will give you background information of this amazing square as he/she is walking you around.
8.30am to 12.30am—In depth visit to Forbidden city
From Tian’anmen Square, our tour guide will take you to Forbidden City, which is the largest imperial palace around the globe and was home to 24 emperors in the Qing and Ming Dynasties. This famous city was built in 1420 which is about 70 years before America was discovered by the Columbus and 144 years prior to the birth of the famous William Shakespeare.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE YOUR TOUR DATE
Before your actual visit to the Forbidden City, You will receive a phone call from our presenter. All information about your visit will be updated 24 hours prior to your actual visit. If you don’t get crucial information about your visit, you can call your trip adviser directly. Queuing at the Forbidden City ticket gate is not a prudent idea. You will not only waste your time but your chances of getting ticket at your preferred date will not be guaranteed. Instead, you should have a reputable tour guide to handle the ticket process on your behalf. If you hire a reputable tour guide like us which is a registered partner of the Forbidden City, we will buy ticket on your behalf in advance from Forbidden City management office.
IMPORTANT PLACES THAT OUR TOUR GUIDE WILL TAKE YOU IN THE FORBIDDEN CITY
1，The meridian gate
The median gate is famously known as being the area where guilty official in the Qing dynasty were penalized
2，Hall of Literary Glory
Upon entrance from the meridian gate, you will see a spectacular building known as the Hall of Literary Glory which is an exhibition wall for porcelain. Our experienced guide will show you the procedure of making porcelains, golden bricks as well as pillars on an iPad.
3，The Royal Library
A few meters from the Hall of Literary Glory lies the Royal Library, an amazing building that was built 300 years go for the emperor.
4，Hall of Supreme Harmony
When you go back to central axis, you will actually see an amazing complex known as the Hall of Supreme Harmony. Here our experienced tour guide will answer your questions such as where the throne of Chinese emperors is, how the emperor had audience with high ranking officials and the importance of the sundial, bronze turtle statue huge copper vat among many others.
5，Venue for Annual Imperial Exams
Both the Hall of Preserving Harmony and the Hall of complete Harmony functioned as the place where the emperor used to change his costume
before major ceremonies. In addition to that, they also served as the venue for annual imperial exams.
6，High Stone Slab
As you walk along the spectacular while marble balustrade, you will see an amazing High Stone Slab with cloud and dragon design. This stone weighs about 200 tons. Our guide will inform you how the emperor was able to transfer this stone to the Forbidden City.
7，Clock and Treasure exhibition hall
You will see the spectacular clock and treasure exhibition hall and the popular nine dragon screen when you walk on the eastern side of Forbidden City.
8，Studio of Unimpeded Sound
As you walk deep in the second yard, you will see Studio of Unimpeded Sound. This is the place where the emperor and the empress watched Peking opera which is the only form of entertainment that was performed in the imperial palace. Our friendly tour guide will explain to you about this form of entertainment as well as show you pictures on iPad.
9，The Crystal Palace
Just next the Red Palace Wall lies the Palace of Prolonging Happiness. Here you will view one of the most spectacular ingenious buildings in Forbidden City known as the Crystal Palace. Our tour guide will show you via iPad presentations of how the palace once looked like.
10，Audience hall for the high ranking officials
Once you cross the central axis way, you will view Hall of Earthly Tranquility and the hall of Heavenly Purity that were used as venue of hosting wedding ceremonies and hosting high ranking officials respectively.
11，Hall of Mental Cultivation
Hall of Mental Cultivation which is just next to the Western Chamber is where you will view the famous screen that was actually between “The Little Emperor” throne and “The Dragon Lady”, his mother. This is the place where the widely known, “Power Behind the screen” actually took place. Our tour guide will show you clear pictures to help you know what happened many years ago.
12，The Palace of Eternal Spring
This was the official residence of the Dragon Lady of the Qing Dynasty, Empress Dowager Cixi who was very influential at the time. Many experts criticized her for using Chinese navy fund to build her own garden which later resulted to defeat in 1898 war with Japan. She is however credited for being the first sponsor of first railway, first coal mine, first telegraph as well as the first stock share. Our tour guide will show you the journey of her life on iPad.
Our tour guide will also take you to the Imperial Garden where you will get to view the artificial rockery that is surrounded by trees and peonies in amazing shapes. Some of the rockeries actually look like the animals of Chinese zodiac. You will also get to view the Feast Pavilion, the palace where annual concubine selection of the emperor was done. Our tour guide will explain to you their history.
14，Exiting the North Gate
When the time comes for you to finally exit the Forbidden City, you will exist via the North gate where you will cross the moat which is about 52 meters wide. The emperor used to store ice in the moat when it was frozen then used it during summer period to cool the air in the emperor as well as store foods. Our tour guide will show you pictures on how they did that on the iPad.
13:30 pm – 14:00 pm
After visiting the JingShan Park, our chauffeur will drive you back to your hotel.
Things that makes us to stand out from our competitors
We take you to places that you wouldn’t discover on your own
When you choose China Highlights, one thing that you can be sure is that we will take you to places that you will not discover on your own. This is because we understand the Forbidden City well and we know fun and amazing places that are less known. In addition to that, you will also get both audio and visual information about emperor lives and Chinese feudal society. You will also get to explore the extravagance of the Chinese royal architecture and help you discover how and when the Chinese culture and customs were established and how they were passed on from one generation to another.
We dwell deeper into history
Our highly knowledgeable tour guides will use skill to best of their abilities to bring imperial time to real life. They will show you original pictures and videos on how thing were in ancient times in iPad. They will also share with you fascinating stories and anecdotes to help you get the real picture of how thing were during those ancient times.
We share clear videos that are funny
Our experienced are highly knowledgeable. They are well conversant with architecture and history of the Forbidden City. They will bridge the gap
between new and old china by informing you how some Chinese cultures and customers came into life. All our tour guides are monitored by a manager to ensure that that you are getting quality experience from your tour. All our tour guides are well informed, interesting, unique and customer friendly. All information that they will give you are factual. We don’t like copying what our competitors are doing. We understand that pictures, text and even ideas can be copied by what cannot be copied is commitment to service and year of preparation. We always strive to give our clients the best.
We guarantee unique and memorable tour
When you choose us, then you don’t have to queue for long period of time at the ticketing center as it is usually the case with our competitors. If you choose us, then we will do everything on your behalf meaning that we will book your ticket in advance online so that you gain entrance into the Forbidden City directly on your actual day of visit. Direct entry is only offered by few registered partners of Forbidden City like us, the China Highlights.
No long queues!
Unlike some of our competitors who sell products that have been made by the local travel agent, we have our own branch in Beijing. We have over 50 staff in Beijing and we sell unique products to all our esteem customers. When you choose us, then you don’t have worry about long queues at the Forbidden City entrance.