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  • Address: 4 Jingshan Qianjie, Beijing, China
  • Hours: Open: Apr 1-Oct 31: 8:30am-5pm; Jul 7-Aug 26: 8am-5pm; Nov 1-Mar 31: 8:30am-4:30pm. Closed Monday afternoons except holidays.
  • Admission: Adult: Apr 1 - Oct 31: CNY 60; Nov 1 - Mar 31: CNY 40. Student: CNY 20

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Meridian Gate Tours

The Meridian Gate of the Palace Museum is perhaps the most recognizable landmark of the Forbidden City. Built in 1420 and renovated in 1801, the Meridian Gate is the largest and southernmost of the Palace Museum’s gates; currently, it’s the sole entrance into the Forbidden City. When the imperial family occupied the palace, the emperor would sit at the top of the Meridian Gate to proclaim sentences on prisoners of war brought before him.

The structure is made up of five towers, meant to resemble a phoenix in flight when viewed from above. The doorway through the central tower was for the Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors exclusively, though the empress was allowed to pass through this central gate on her wedding day. The door directly to the west was for the royal family, while the one to the east was for imperial officials. The final two doors were only used during ceremonies at the palace.

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Forbidden City with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience, Beijing, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Forbidden City with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

This 6-hour private tour is specially designed for the travelers who want to fully explore the Forbidden City. Besides the main buildings along the central ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.00
5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium, Beijing, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

This tour is perfect for people who love history, culture,architecture and museums.People always say:when visit Forbidden city, 70% is to learn the stories and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Skip The Line 4-Hour Beijing Private Forbidden City Walking Tour, Beijing, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Skip The Line 4-Hour Beijing Private Forbidden City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Come and join this worry-free private half day walking tour to both Tiananmen square and Forbidden City. You private guide will prepare your Skip the line ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Forbidden City Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access, Beijing, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Forbidden City Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The tour will start from Tiananmen Square, the largest central Square in the world. And the Forbidden City, known as the imperial palace of Ming and Qing ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.00
4-hour Beijing Vintage Sidecar Ride, Beijing, Skip-the-Line Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

4-hour Beijing Vintage Sidecar Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Jump aboard the 1930’s style sidecar to discover Beijing up close and personal. This 4-hour daytime ride provides a fantastic way to experience the vibrant ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $289.00
Luxury Tour: Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and City Sightseeing, Beijing, Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Luxury Tour: Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and City Sightseeing

The Diaoyutai State Guesthouse is a historic hotel and guesthouse complex in Beijing. It includes a number of buildings, presidential villa and gardens. The ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $438.00

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