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Private Tour - The Royal Forbidden City

Access from: Tianjin


Key info

  • Tour ID: 51159
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Tian'anmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace

From $272.66pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 51159
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • Tian'anmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace

Itinerary

When does my tour start?

This is a private tour and the start time will be set as per your request


When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

The tour is 10 hours in length so you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.

All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

This is a private tour

You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions Representative who will then escort you to your transportation ready to start your tour.

Your first visit will be to Tian'anmen Square. With a capacity of 1 million people, covering an area of 40,000 square meters, Tian'anmen Square is known as the largest city center in the world. It was built in the 1950's, after Chairman Mao declared the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Those main buildings located in or besides the square are: Tian'anmen Gate in the north, the Monument to People's Heroes and Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall in the center, the Great Hall of the People in the west, the National Museum in the east, and the Front Gate Arrow Tower in the south.

Moving on with your tour you will head to Forbidden City. Located in the very heart of Beijing, it was firstly built in the Ming Dynasty. The Forbidden City remained the residence of the ancient Chinese emperors for nearly five hundred years, from the 15th century to the early 20th century, it was a powerful symbol of imperial power before. Now it is open to the public as a national museum that mere civilians were once denied access. Experiencing a long history, many of its buildings have been repaired or rebuilt, but their basic form and layout have remained true to their original state.

After spending a wonderful time in the Forbidden City, you will have some free time to enjoy lunch (Payable on the day approx. £8.00) at one of the local restaurants. Your knowledgeable guide will be able to advise the best places to grab a bite to eat.

Before returning back to the ship you will visit the Summer Palace, it was constructed from 1749 to 1764 and covers roughly 290 hectares. Its major sightseeing includes Buddha's Fragrance Pavilion, 17-hole Bridge, Long Corridor, Stone Painted Boat, Garden of Harmonious Delights, Deheyuan Theatre, Suzhou Street and so on. It is bordered by Kunmig Lake in the south and Longevity Hill in the north. This expanse of elaborate Qing Dynasty style buildings, bridges, walkways and gardens represents the beauty and essence of the Imperial Chinese garden architecture and is the grandest imperial playground in ancient China.

Note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. As an alternative, you will be visiting the Temple of Heaven.

 

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 51159
    • Duration: 10 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Moderate
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • Tian'anmen Square
    • Forbidden City
    • Summer Palace

    Itinerary

    When does my tour start?

    This is a private tour and the start time will be set as per your request


    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

    The tour is 10 hours in length so you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.

    All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

    This is a private tour

    You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions Representative who will then escort you to your transportation ready to start your tour.

    Your first visit will be to Tian'anmen Square. With a capacity of 1 million people, covering an area of 40,000 square meters, Tian'anmen Square is known as the largest city center in the world. It was built in the 1950's, after Chairman Mao declared the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Those main buildings located in or besides the square are: Tian'anmen Gate in the north, the Monument to People's Heroes and Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall in the center, the Great Hall of the People in the west, the National Museum in the east, and the Front Gate Arrow Tower in the south.

    Moving on with your tour you will head to Forbidden City. Located in the very heart of Beijing, it was firstly built in the Ming Dynasty. The Forbidden City remained the residence of the ancient Chinese emperors for nearly five hundred years, from the 15th century to the early 20th century, it was a powerful symbol of imperial power before. Now it is open to the public as a national museum that mere civilians were once denied access. Experiencing a long history, many of its buildings have been repaired or rebuilt, but their basic form and layout have remained true to their original state.

    After spending a wonderful time in the Forbidden City, you will have some free time to enjoy lunch (Payable on the day approx. £8.00) at one of the local restaurants. Your knowledgeable guide will be able to advise the best places to grab a bite to eat.

    Before returning back to the ship you will visit the Summer Palace, it was constructed from 1749 to 1764 and covers roughly 290 hectares. Its major sightseeing includes Buddha's Fragrance Pavilion, 17-hole Bridge, Long Corridor, Stone Painted Boat, Garden of Harmonious Delights, Deheyuan Theatre, Suzhou Street and so on. It is bordered by Kunmig Lake in the south and Longevity Hill in the north. This expanse of elaborate Qing Dynasty style buildings, bridges, walkways and gardens represents the beauty and essence of the Imperial Chinese garden architecture and is the grandest imperial playground in ancient China.

    Note: The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. As an alternative, you will be visiting the Temple of Heaven.

     

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Transport
    • English Speaking Guide
    • Entrance fees to Forbiden City
    Note: the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. In alternative, you will be visiting the Temple of Heaven.
    Please note: in order to participate in this tour, passport details (including passport number, date of birth and date of issue/expiry), Nationality and full name of all the passengers are required. Please contact our guest service team to provide this information prior to your departure.
    Activity Level Scale: 4
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2 km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Included:
    Transport
    English Speaking Guide
    Entrance Fees to the Forbidden City
    Not Included:
    Lunch
    Tips

    Joining instructions

    You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions Representative who will then escort you to your air conditioned transportation.
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