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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Immerse yourself in the beguiling city of Beijing during a full-day tour of the city’s most significant historical sites. Visit legendary landmarks like the Forbidden City; absorb the sacred ambience at the Temple of Heaven; and marvel at the structural beauty of Tian’anmen Square. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, delve into the rich history of the city and discover one of the oldest cultures on earth. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel is included on this tour.
  • Tour the Tian An Men Tower, monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People and Chairman Mao's monument
  • Explore the legendary Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace Museum
  • Stroll through the Temple of Heaven, built in the Ming and Qing dynasties
  • You'll have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Chinese tea
  • Chinese style lunch
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Professional English-speaking tour guide
Chinese style lunch
Transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach/min-van
Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
If your hotel is located out of 4th Ring Circle Highway, please go to Prime Hotel to join the tour at 07:30AM. (Add: No. 2, Wangfujing Ave. Tel: +86-10-65136666)
Admission tickets
Gratuities
Cruise port pickup and drop off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
Dates: Sunday, Wednesday, Friday
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Depart from your centrally located Beijing hotel and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Arrive at your first historical highlight, Tian’anmen Square and gain fascinating insight into modern Chinese history as your guide offers information on the Cultural Revolution of Chairman Mao. Explore the grounds on a comprehensive tour and see impressive monuments to The People’s Heroes and Chairman Mao. Gaze at the Tian’anmen Tower and marvel at the elaborate decoration of the Great Hall of the People. 

Next, venture to the legendary Forbidden City to explore a cultural icon. In the four palatial halls reside representations of every Chinese dynasty in history; plunge into the rich history of each family as your guide offers an informative and insightful narration of the landmark. Revitalize with a flavorsome and fulfilling lunch then head to the celestial Temple of Heaven to see a 15th-century structure that pays homage to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Hear about how the temple was a center of prayer and sacrificial ceremonies then conclude your authentic cultural experience with some traditional Chinese tea.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Build in 1415, Tian An Men Square is one of the largest squares in the would, with total size of over 40 hectares. It is the main entrance of the Forbidden City, and has an overview of the communist influences on the country.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
The Forbidden City was built in 1406, which use to be Chinese Imperial Palace in Ming and Qing Dynasty. With over 180 acres and collection of great halls, you will see antiques and treasures representing all of China's history.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Temple of Heaven
Built in 1420, Temple of Heaven was where emperors went to worship heaven for good harvests. It is Chinas largest temple and altar complex, an extraordinary example of religious architecture dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hantang International Travel Service

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beijing Historical Tour I - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heaven?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Beijing Historical Tour I - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heaven?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Beijing Historical Tour I - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heaven?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beijing Historical Tour I - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heaven?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Beijing Historical Tour I - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heaven?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers.

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what promised +shopping traps, but not more
ReuvenS_13
, Aug 2019
this tour was good, but not much more then that i was taken to both the tourist option, and had a ticket for the forbidden city (which was great) i wish i could have some more time in the square, and some more to see the grounds in the temple of heaven... but i got what i was promised... the tour-guide took me to both a silk factory, and a pearl store. both he tried to make me buy stuff.. i felt highly pressured to buy things, even dough i did not really wanted to.. altogether, you get what you pay for, lesson learned don't book the cheapest tour you find..
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Our guide was wonderful - went out of...
Jennifer R
, Sep 2018
Our guide was wonderful - went out of her way for us as Tiananmen Square was closed due to the African conferences and delegation visits planned for there. She spoke excellent english and took us on a side visit to a tea house which was also great. Her local knowledge and knowledge of the history surrounding all of the sites was flawless.
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Even though it was raining we were...
Bryan B
, Jul 2018
Even though it was raining we were still in awe of the size of the Forbidden City and we definitely enjoyed seeing the Temple of Heaven. Our guide was pleasant and did stop several times to explain a few things but then also gave us a little time to explore on our own. You could easily see these places on your own but the guide did tell us bits of information as well as he made the ticket purchases and entrances much easier.
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Tour Stops: 1 Tiananmen Square, 2...
jcd262
, Jun 2018
Tour Stops: 1 Tiananmen Square, 2 Forbidden City, 3 Silk Factory, 4 Temple of Heaven, 5 Foot Massage, and 6 Lunch at Shanshuijian Lamb Spine Hot Pot. Overall, the Silk Factory and Foot Massage were not part of the advertised tour and were obviously over-priced tourist traps. I would have preferred more time at the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven rather than stopping at these places. Furthermore, lunch was very average. The tour cost was very low and all transportation was provided, however, I would recommend picking a more expensive tour that does not have all the side stops.
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Overpriced for what it is... Got...
Jasmine A
, Feb 2018
Overpriced for what it is... Got rushed through the sites with barely any explanation on their history or architecture. The guide barely spoke English so it was difficult to communicate at all. Half of the time was basically spent at the silk factory or pearl shop where they try really hard to make you spend more money nice try, but I'm broke after paying for this tour lol. Tour was supposed to be 7 hours but I was brought back after barely 4? What? The food was ok at least. But nothing special. I don't recommend... There's cheaper tours out there with better guides...
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Our tour guide spoke good English...
princessleah
, Jan 2018
Our tour guide spoke good English and she showed us around some very interesting places. Be aware though, the queue through security at the Forbidden City can be very long, and locals push their way closer to the entrance. Other than the general behaviour of the locals, this tour was fantastic, especially if you want to learn about the history of China.
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Guide was ok at English, however she...
Luke R
, Jan 2018
Guide was ok at English, however she was quick and knew how to avoid the crowds. So shes perfect.
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Lovely tour, the guide Mark was...
Lauritz Clement L
, Nov 2017
Lovely tour, the guide Mark was extremely friendly and joyful. He gave us plenty of details to the history and development of the different monuments. He spoke english relatively well although he had a hard time understanding some of our questions. The tour to the silk factory was not very interesting but these kind of detours are to be expected in a country like China. Overall definitely worth the money!
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Excellent Tour. Our tour guide...
satkugo
, Sep 2017
Excellent Tour. Our tour guide Cherry did an excellent job. She put things in context. She also helped us to make great compositions for photography including panorama shots.
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I have just completed the Beijing...
Emma B
, Jun 2017
I have just completed the Beijing Historical Tour and was extremely disappointed. I would absolutely advise you not to book this tour. The tour guide gave us only about 10 minutes in Tianmen square and simply pointed out the various building - with no mention of the cultural revolution. Nor did we get the opportunity to walk around the square- this was by no means a comprehensive tour of the square. The tour of the forbidden city was also disappointing as we spend only 90 minutes there all tour books and guides suggest a minimum of 2-3 hours - for the central route alone!!!!, we were only taken on the central route, I would have thought that a tour where this was the main draw card would at least have taken a more comprehensive route and tour of the renown attraction. Then we were taken to the Silk factory, which was more like a shopping trip than an informative part of the tour - we were there for over 2 hours, much longer than we spent at the Forbidden City, this is completely unacceptable. After lunch we were taken to yet another shopping stop neither of these were mentioned in the description. The final place was the temple of heaven - we were given less than half an hour here and did not get the opportunity to explore the rest of the extensive grounds and gardens. Further it was promised that there would be a traditional tea that we would participate in- this was not mentioned by the guide and absolutely did not happen. This was an absolute disappointment of a tour and completely not worth the value paid for, I would strongly discourage anyone from joining
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