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  • Address: 4 Jingshan Front Street, Beijing, Northern China 100009, China
  • Hours: 8:30am–5pm daily
  • Admission: 40–60 RMB

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Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum Tours

Situated within Beijing's Forbidden City, the Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum was built in 1417 as the private green space for China's ruling family. The three-acre (12,000-square-meter) space, set at the northernmost point of the complex just beyond the Gate of Terrestrial Tranquility, occupies less than 2% of the total area of the sprawling Forbidden City, yet it's packed with some 20 structures and pavilions, plus multiple ponds.

At the center of the garden sits the 15th-century Hall of Imperial Peace, where prayers of protection over the palace were once offered to Zhenwudadi, the Taoist God of Water. Pavilions in each of the garden’s four corners represent the seasons, while the entire space is dotted with cypress trees and Chinese wisteria—many hundreds of years old. A multi-hued pebble footpath winds through the garden.

The Forbidden City and its imperial garden are must-sees in Beijing. The two are often included on both private and group tours of the city, which allow visitors short on time to experience the Imperial Palace and other Beijing highlights, such as the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.

Practical Info

Admission to the Imperial Garden of the Palace Museum is included in the entrance fee to the Forbidden City. The garden is the final area of the complex visitors pass through before reaching the north gate exit.

Did You Know? A pair of 400-year-old pine trees, known as the Consort Pines, appear to embrace in front of the Hall of Imperial Peace and are thought to symbolize harmony between the emperor and empress. 

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5-Hour Small Group Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Antiquarium, Beijing, null
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 $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
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

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
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
Luxury Tour: Diaoyutai State Guesthouse and City Sightseeing, Beijing, Walking 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
Imperial Beijing Private Tour: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park with Lunch, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Imperial Beijing Private Tour: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Learn about China’s capital city on this guided sightseeing tour. Your private guide will share interesting stories and facts about Beijing’s history as you ...  Read more

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

From USD $130.00
Badaling Great Wall and Summer Palace Coach Tour, Beijing, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Badaling Great Wall and Summer Palace Coach Tour

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

Meandering along the bricks of the Badaling Great Wall is always the first choice to experience the culture and enjoy the beauty of this world wonder. This ...  Read more

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

From USD $63.00
Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour, Beijing, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Beijing Night Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Watch as Beijing’s winding ‘hutongs’ (alleys), glimmering waterways and recreational parks come alive at night on this 3-hour walking tour. Follow your ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.28

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