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Walk Through the Forbidden City in Beijing

The Forbidden City is a huge complex of architectural buildings and courtyards used by the emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The wooden architecture is unique and constructed without using any nails. I will show you where the emperor handled the state affairs and where he lived with his wives, and how he handled so many wives! will explain to you how the Forbidden city was organized to accomplish all its functions. I will share with you stories about the emperor and their lives.

From Beijing
Online Experience
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Greater China
Upto 10 people
  • Real-time experience streamed live from the Forbidden City, the palatial heart of China
  • Admire the unique wooden architecture and its glazed yellow and red adornments
  • Get to know the lore and legends surrounding the royal family who ruled from here

The Forbidden City in Beijing is a vast palace complex that serves, in many ways, as the heart of traditional China. Constructed in 1420 during the reign of the early Ming Dynasty, it is the country's best-preserved imperial palace and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world.

In this Online Experience, we will walk around the Forbidden City, thus named on account of being the abode of the 'Divine' Emperor. This meant that entry was forbidden for ordinary citizens back in the day. Today, however, we can freely explore this beautiful complex and understand more about the mythology and tradition behind its functions and construction.

We will begin our tour from the towering main gate of the palace. I will point to you the glazed yellow tiles and red paint that adorns all the buildings and gates within, and tell you more about the significance of these colours in relation to the functions of the palace. We will admire the unique wooden architecture closely, and I will regale you with the story of its construction, which was completed without the use of a single nail!

Moving along, we will visit the interior halls of the palace, where the Emperor once used to handle the affairs of the state. In here are also the lavish rooms that the emperor and his wives occupied for their personal use. As we take a look at these, I will tell you more about the lore surrounding the Emperor and his novel management of his many wives.

The Forbidden City is full of secrets and secret corridors that have persisted in all their glory since its heyday over 600 years ago. Join me on this tour and we will go through the best of them together!

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 80 USD for a group of 3 OR as a private session for 120 USD for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Sunny Fu

I am a licensed tour guide providing private tours in English since 2008. I reside in Beijing and would love to share my knowledge of popular sites such as Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. I am also happy to take you to places such as the old Hutong district, the markets, local restaurants, and hence help you to savour the current culture embedded in this ancient city! I will bring these historical monuments alive to you by framing them in the context of my knowledge of this remarkable country.

From USD 80 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.