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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Beijing City Tour

Beijing Shi, China
Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Beijing City Tour

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iconOffered in: English
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See Beijing's top attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites on a small-group tour led by a knowledgeable guide who shares detailed commentary on contemporary and imperial China. Visit the Temple of Heaven (Tian tan), Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park, stopping to admire the ancient city's Ming-era architecture and learn about the powerful Chinese emperor. Your guide sheds light on China's history with your small group, which is limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience, and includes subway transport, entrance fees and lunch.
  • See Beijing's top attractions on a full-day city tour
  • See the Forbidden City
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven
  • Walk through Tiananmen Square
  • See Jingshan Park
  • A traditional dumpling or noodle lunch is included
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Local English-speaking guide
Subway or bus fare
Hotel pickup and drop off
Beijing Temple Of Heaven Biological Preparations Co., Ltd. (East Gate) , Shuang Qiao Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China

Outside East Gate of the Temple of Heaven. 天坛东门 Take Metro Line 5 to Tiantandongmen Station Exit A and East gate will be right hand side. 天坛东门A口5号线

8:00 AM
Jingshan Park , Xicheng District, Beijing, China
Meet your guide after making your own way to Temple of Heaven Park, an urban oasis where people gather to chat, exercise and enjoy the natural world.

If time allows, your guide may take you through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Temple of Heaven (additional expense), a Ming temple built by the same emperor who built the Forbidden City. Temple of Heaven served as the stage for important rituals performed by the emperor, especially rituals to please the gods who would grant a plentiful harvest and favorable year. Inside the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, your guide shows you acoustical tricks made by the building's structure.

Upon departing the Temple of Heaven, follow your guide to the subway and ride to Tiananmen Square. From there, a short walk takes you to the Forbidden City, where your guide shares informative details about imperial China as you walk through the vast plaza and marvel at its towering gates and fortified walls, then admire rare treasures and artifacts that offer a glimpse into palace life.

Next, enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch of noodles or dumplings and take a stroll through Jingshan Park, formerly an imperial garden during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Enjoy a great perspective on the best of Ming Dynasty architecture, including stunning views of the Forbidden City and the ancient heart of Beijing. Your Beijing small-group tour ends in the park in the mid-afternoon, leaving you free to make your way to your next destination.
Stop At:  
Temple of Heaven
-Blend in with the locals by taking part in their morning exercises in Temple of Heaven Park: Taiji , dance, other games. -Admire the magnificence of Temple of Heaven(world UNESCO heritage) and learn the royal ritual sacrifice to heaven.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest
We will visit inside the prayer hall as well.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
With a quick VIP ticket, we can explore the iconic Tiananmen Square and understand its local significance.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
We'll pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (adorned with its famous Mao portrait) to enter the famed Forbidden City. Off-limits to most of the world for 500 years, this ‘city’ houses the best-preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China and is a must-see spot in Beijing. Discover some of its secrets and learn about some of the legends while enjoying a tour through its many buildings.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)
We will visit inside and hike up to the hill where we can enjoy the view of the city.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bell and Drum Towers
We’ll grab a simple lunch at a local restaurant to devour tasty authentic Chinese food nearby this square. The lunch is included (drinks are optional).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Please make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • On occasion, Tiananmen Square may be closed without notice for official visits, events, or security reasons. Should this occur please note that you may not be able to visit Tiananmen Square on your Beijing Urban Adventures tour, and we may need to enter or exit the Forbidden City through an alternative gate. Forbidden City is closed every Monday.
  • IMPORTANT: Chinese law requires that all travellers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and birthdate to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in a traveller not being able to join their tour, or for the entire group to be denied access to sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. When you book this tour, please be sure to fill out all fields at checkout. Please also enter your passport number into the 'Additional Information' box and bring your passport with you on the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: Your tour includes entrance fees to Temple of Heaven Park and the Forbidden City, fees that help preserve these sites of cultural significance.
  • You will have lunch at a local restaurant that supports a family from a nearby village.
  • The food you'll enjoy at lunch is made up of all local dishes using ingredients right from Beijing.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures China
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Beijing City Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Beijing City Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Beijing City Tour.

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Dean was my tour guide! He was...
Kathleen Ann K
, Jun 2016
Dean was my tour guide! He was amazing in what he showed us! It was a very small group and he was willing to take extra time and show us all the sights we wanted to see of everyday people living in Beijing! A must tour! and Dean is outstanding!
Great way to see the cool sites in...
Valerie H
, May 2016
Great way to see the cool sites in Beijing! Our guide, Kevin, was very knowledgeable and fun. One cool thing about this tour, in addition to visiting the Temple of heaven, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square, Kevin gave us the background or history of certain parts of each venue then allowed us to explore on our own. We also ate lunch at China's first KFC! A must do.
If I could give more stars I would...
Frederik H
, Jun 2015
If I could give more stars I would. This was such a good experience. The combination of a really visually and historically enticing trip, and an extremely good guide was a winning combination. The trip itself is a five star trip. The guide made it a 7-8 star experience.
Fantastic tour taking in the main...
Rosemary E
, Apr 2012
Fantastic tour taking in the main tourist sites. The guide was great company and gave an interesting insight into Chinese life and history. The tour was well paced and you never felt rushed

Product code: 5262CNUB

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