Beijing Forbidden City Excursion Reviews

This 720,000-square mile complex of intricate pavilions, gardens, buildings and courtyards is the largest imperial palace in China, and was home to 24 emperors between 1420 and 1923.
Awesome site.
Awesome site. It will be very crowded. we were there on a rainy day in November and it was crowded. But all of China is crowded.
Awesome site. It will be very crowded. we were there on a rainy day in November and it was crowded. But all of China is crowded. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Visit was a little bit short, due to the fact that they closed down for a state visit.
Visit was a little bit short, due to the fact that they closed down for a state visit. You should plan to be here at least 2-3 hours. It is always pretty crowded. But worth to see
Visit was a little bit short, due to the fact that they closed down for a state visit. You should plan to be here at least 2-3 hours. It is always pretty crowded. But worth to see Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This was the one good part of our overnight excursion.
This was the one good part of our overnight excursion. It is truly a sight to behold. However, the rest of the excursion was such a huge disappointment at a tremendously exorbitant price which left us feeling cheated in every way!
This was the one good part of our overnight excursion. It is truly a sight to behold. However, the rest of the excursion was such a huge disappointment at a tremendously exorbitant price which left us feeling cheated in every way! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Fascinating history.
Fascinating history. Fairly accessible. We had a private driver and guide. We booked the Sheraton hotel which is a 5 star hotel through the ship to avoid having to drive 6 hours back and forth to the cruise terminal and at $163 US it was ... Read More
Fascinating history. Fairly accessible. We had a private driver and guide. We booked the Sheraton hotel which is a 5 star hotel through the ship to avoid having to drive 6 hours back and forth to the cruise terminal and at $163 US it was worth every penny! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
I could not believe how many buildings are in the Forbidden City.
I could not believe how many buildings are in the Forbidden City. The doors are very tall and have such history. It was interesting to see the fire pots that were placed in certain locations in case of fire. Of course not used today but ... Read More
I could not believe how many buildings are in the Forbidden City. The doors are very tall and have such history. It was interesting to see the fire pots that were placed in certain locations in case of fire. Of course not used today but was interesting to hear the history. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Incredible that this site was built for the Emperor.
Incredible that this site was built for the Emperor. I've seen this in many films and the news, but to actually walk through the site......
Incredible that this site was built for the Emperor. I've seen this in many films and the news, but to actually walk through the site...... Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
GRaet architecture and history but exhausting,
GRaet architecture and history but exhausting,
GRaet architecture and history but exhausting, Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Very crowded; if not for our tour guide, we'd have missed out on the significance of much of this ...
Very crowded; if not for our tour guide, we'd have missed out on the significance of much of this site.
Very crowded; if not for our tour guide, we'd have missed out on the significance of much of this site. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Interesting excursion.
Interesting excursion. Very hot, very crowded, and we were very tired.
Interesting excursion. Very hot, very crowded, and we were very tired. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Our guide, Leo, gave us a comprehensive tour of the Forbidden City, citing the culture and activity ...
Our guide, Leo, gave us a comprehensive tour of the Forbidden City, citing the culture and activity of the period. Very interesting piece of history.
Our guide, Leo, gave us a comprehensive tour of the Forbidden City, citing the culture and activity of the period. Very interesting piece of history. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We enjoyed this long trip to Beijing.
We enjoyed this long trip to Beijing. to improve would have been better for us to walk form Tianamen square across road to Forbidden city rather than going by coach which wasted an hour in stop start traffic and meant we had less time in ... Read More
We enjoyed this long trip to Beijing. to improve would have been better for us to walk form Tianamen square across road to Forbidden city rather than going by coach which wasted an hour in stop start traffic and meant we had less time in the Forbidden city Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Needed more time for such an extraordinary location.
Needed more time for such an extraordinary location.
Needed more time for such an extraordinary location. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Huge place with history expressed in movie, The Last Emperor.
Huge place with history expressed in movie, The Last Emperor.
Huge place with history expressed in movie, The Last Emperor. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Fabulous but a lot of walking on cobblestones.
Fabulous but a lot of walking on cobblestones.
Fabulous but a lot of walking on cobblestones. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Interesting walk around the Forbidden City with good narration by our tour escort.
Interesting walk around the Forbidden City with good narration by our tour escort.
Interesting walk around the Forbidden City with good narration by our tour escort. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Much larger than I thought.
Much larger than I thought. Amazing details on roofs and in lacquer work. Enjoyed the information about life in the palace.
Much larger than I thought. Amazing details on roofs and in lacquer work. Enjoyed the information about life in the palace. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
It was a lot more cement than I had expected.
It was a lot more cement than I had expected. Sad place to grow up. After seeing "The Last Emperor" it was great to actually see it.
It was a lot more cement than I had expected. Sad place to grow up. After seeing "The Last Emperor" it was great to actually see it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Another huge expanse of building.
Another huge expanse of building. I think I was disappointed in the colors ( the reds looked look and worn - which they are)
Another huge expanse of building. I think I was disappointed in the colors ( the reds looked look and worn - which they are) Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Great to have a knowledgeable tour guide to explain the different parts.
Great to have a knowledgeable tour guide to explain the different parts. Only time for a pretty straight walk from the south to the north gate so felt that with breadth of it was missed.
Great to have a knowledgeable tour guide to explain the different parts. Only time for a pretty straight walk from the south to the north gate so felt that with breadth of it was missed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Not to be missed,history and vast place with crowds but still amazing.
Not to be missed,history and vast place with crowds but still amazing.
Not to be missed,history and vast place with crowds but still amazing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
A long day which could not have been booked independently.
A long day which could not have been booked independently. Climbed part of the Great Wall of China.
A long day which could not have been booked independently. Climbed part of the Great Wall of China. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Beautiful day-so much to see-loved the gardens.
Beautiful day-so much to see-loved the gardens.
Beautiful day-so much to see-loved the gardens. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
So glad we had a tour guide who was so knowledgeable and helped us weave our way through the crowds.
So glad we had a tour guide who was so knowledgeable and helped us weave our way through the crowds. Our experience was greatly enhanced because of this.
So glad we had a tour guide who was so knowledgeable and helped us weave our way through the crowds. Our experience was greatly enhanced because of this. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises