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Comprehensive Beijing Sightseeing Tour - Tienanmen Square, Forbidden City and more

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Key Highlights

  • See and walk the Great Wall of China, one of the most famous sights in the world
  • Visit the burial grounds of the emperors of Ming dynasty
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included
  • Finish your trip with a visit to the Pearl Market
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Classic Beijing Tour: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
    Historical Beijing Tour: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

    Duration

    Classic Beijing Tour: 9 hours
    Historical Beijing Tour: 7 hours

    Start time

    07:30am

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Beijing. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Beijing

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Beijing is a reflection of China itself, steeped in history from the very ancient to the modern. This comprehensive tour takes you to the major attractions of Beijing, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Visit the impressive Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world and synonymous with several key events in Chinese history.

    Explore the legendary Forbidden City, the largest and most complete imperial palace and ancient building complex in China, and the world. The seat of power of 24 Chinese emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is now known as the Imperial Palace Museum and has the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

    The Temple of Heaven is China’s largest temple and altar complex, dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

    Summer Palace is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing tour of Beijing. An English-speaking tour guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Both, the Classic Beijing tour and the Historical Beijing tour, are identical except that the Classic Beijing tour also includes the Summer Palace.

    The highlights of your tour are:

    Tiananmen Square: Located at the centre of Beijing city is Tiananmen Square, where you can visit Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. At the north end of the Square is Tiananmen Tower. Initially built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty, the Square was the front door of the Forbidden City. The granite Monument to the People's Heroes is just at the centre of the Tiananmen Square.

    Forbidden City: The legendary Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Today it is known as the Imperial Palace Museum. The buildings of the Forbidden City embody the artistic features and style of ancient Chinese palace architecture, and are called a masterpiece in Chinese architectural history. The Palace Museum has some one million precious historical relics from the Shang Dynasty through to the Qing Dynasty.

    Stop for a substantial lunch in a local restaurant.

    The Temple of Heaven: The Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan) in the southern part of Beijing is China's largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings. Built in the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple Of Heaven was the center of prayer, traditional ceremonies and sacrificial rites. The architecture and layout of the Temple of Heaven is based on elaborate symbolism and numerology.

    Summer Palace: Explore the largest and most impressive royal garden in China and the former retreat of emperors for 800 years. The Summer Palace is virtually a museum of traditional Chinese gardening that uses rocks, plants, pavilions, ponds, cobble paths and other styles to create a poetic effect between different scenes.

    End the tour with a scenic coach ride plus an unbeatable shopping experience at the Pearl Market.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Beijing.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • Local English-speaking tour guide
    • Entrance fee
    • Lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details. Infants aged 2 and under are free, provided they do not occupy seat.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • Forbidden city

      The trip was excellent. Our guide was really enthusiastic and informative and it made the whole trip really enjoyable....

      PAVEL CHEREPANOV