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  • Address: 4 Jingshan Qianjie, Beijing, Northern China, China
  • Hours: April 1–Oct 31 8:30am–5pm; July 7–Aug 26 8am–5pm; Nov 1–March 31 8:30am–4:30pm
  • Admission: CNY20-CNY 60

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Nine Dragon Screen at the Palace Museum Tours

During a 1773 renovation of a northeastern section of the Forbidden City, a Nine Dragon Screen was added to provide privacy for Emperor Qianlong’s retirement villa. Such screens can be found throughout China in palaces and gardens, each depicting nine different Chinese dragons in their carved reliefs. It is thought that evil sprits must travel in straight lines, so the Nine Dragon Screen is believed to serve the additional purpose of denying entry to evil spirits.

Each of the nine dragons on the wall are depicted playing with a pearl in the ocean. If you look carefully at the white dragons, one of them has a piece of wood on its stomach. According to local legend, the artisan responsible for the wall added the wood to replace a piece of broken glazed tile to meet his deadline. The gold dragon in the center of the screen is meant to represent the emperor.

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5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium, Beijing, null
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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 $72.00
Forbidden City with Royal Icehouse Dining Experience, Beijing, Walking Tours
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
Forbidden City Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access, Beijing, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Forbidden City Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 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
Skip The Line 4-Hour Beijing Private Forbidden City Walking Tour, Beijing, Skip-the-Line Tours
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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
5-Hour Skip-the-Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing, Beijing, Walking Tours
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5-Hour Skip-the-Line Ultimate Discovery of Forbidden City Tour in Beijing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

This ultimate Forbidden City tour will take you see 18 palaces including The Antiquarium of The Palace Museum (Treasures Museum). It will provide you a deeper ...  Read more

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

From USD $69.00
Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall ... 
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Viator VIP: Beijing's Forbidden City with Special Viewing of Treasure Gallery and the Great Wall Ruins at Badaling

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Enjoy a VIP tour of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Beijing – the Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall Ruins. With your expert guide, gain special entry ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.90
Private Beijing Sightseeing Tour: Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, Viator VIP Tours
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Private Beijing Sightseeing Tour: Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square

Beijing is always the first choice of travelers who are willing to know a time-honored and developed city of China. The numerous royal buildings with long ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.50

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