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Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Tour is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Dongcheng, Beijing, China that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 314 ft Route type Point to Point

Kid friendly

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Wild flowers

City walk

Historic site

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Half-day walking tour includes highlights of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. If walls could talk, visitors to the Forbidden City would hear tales of opulence beyond their wildest dream, from daily 100-course meals to harems of 9,000 concubines. Officially titled the Imperial Palace, the Forbidden City earned its common name from the fact that ordinary citizens weren't allowed to approach the complex during the 500 years of its use. After visiting the palace, get a different impression of China's rulers in the adjacent Tiananmen Square, where you can pay a visit to Mao Zedong himself. While some tourists choose to spend several days exploring the Forbidden City, those with limited time can see plenty with this half-day walk. The walk includes several main structures of the Forbidden City as well as the highlights of Tiananmen Square.

Not surprisingly, the Forbidden City can be quite packed on weekends; arriving early is a good way to avoid crowds if you can't visit during the week. There is no particular dress code. Indeed, it can be quite entertaining to check out current Chinese fashion while wading through the masses; the younger generation is quite stylish. If you want to catch some action at Tiananmen Square, show up for sunrise or sunset, where there is a daily flag raising/lowering ceremony. Otherwise don't expect any excitement as plainclothes police and staggering amounts of security cameras ensure no one's acting up. As you walk about in this area, avoid "art students" looking to bring you to wildly overpriced exhibitions as well as friendly strangers who want to practice their English by taking you a traditional tea ceremony (you'll get stuck with a serious bill).

Take Line 1 of the subway to Tiananmen Square. As you exit the subway, you can generally follow the crowds and signs toward the Forbidden City. If you get off at Tiananmen Xi (west) stop, the main entrance to the Forbidden City will be on your left. If you get off at Tiananmen Dong (east), the main entrance will be on your right. Both subway stops are equidistant from the palace. In either case, you will have to walk some 300 meters to the entrance.

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Kristin Johnson
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We did this trip in July of 2009. It was amazing, however very hot, humid. Bring plenty of water, and enjoy the history.

Teresa M.
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Daniel Mitchell
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If you visit Beijing, this is a must-see area of this historic city. Both the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are VAST! Prepare for some walking! I clocked eight miles walked today. It was a rainy day, and those are the perfect kind of days to visit the heart of China. The crowds are gone, and the beauty is yours to behold!

Mike Wubben
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Van W.
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Bill Scher
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Doug Wilson
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Mark S.
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Danielle Morgan
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