Beijing's Must See
The essential Beijing tour
Tian'anmen Square / Forbidden City / Temple of Heaven / Summer Palace #33
Our English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby between 6:30 am and 7:30 am depending on on the location of your hotel. The exact time will be informed by your guide a day before the tour starts, normally after 6:00 pm, by a phone call to your hotel.
The tour starts at the northern side of Tiananmen Square, one of the symbols of Beijing. Here you can see two pairs of 600 years old stone lions, the characteristic ornamental columns, an outer golden water bridge and several other decorations that the guide will explain. The square is one of the biggest on the world, so from the distance, you will be able to see the National Flag Pole, the Monument to the People's Hero, the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the Great Hall of People, and the National Museum.
Then you will proceed to visit the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palaces group in China, with 500 years of history. Here you will learn about the history of this sprawling World Heritage–listed complex, where Ming and Qing emperors once lived and ruled in opulence. Take in some of the 1,000 rooms and 800 buildings, and marvel at the exquisite luxury of imperial life. The visit along the central axis from south to north will last for about 2 hours.
On the way to Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture at a specialized hospital. The Temple of Heaven was a sacrificial complex for annual harvesting ceremonies during both the Ming and the Qing Dynasties. Its surrounding park is vast and also offers the opportunity to join in or watch locals doing their exercises, dancing or to just go for a pleasant stroll.
After a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch in local restaurant, you will enjoy a short visit to a Pearl Market where you can buy souvenirs for your love ones. Then, you will visit the Summer Palace, one of Beijing’s most popular landmarks and one of the best examples of an imperial gardens in China. The site, which covers a total of 1.8 miles and incorporates a large lake within it's boundaries, has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi. The Empress effectively controlled China for 47 years between 1861 and 1908.
Once this last visit is finished, we will go back to your hotels.
Insider Experiences & Highlights:
This is a full day tour to explore Beijing and visit the most attractive historical sites like the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide
Main entrance tickets to the tour sites as per the itinerary
Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch