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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Enhance your sightseeing experience in Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most captivating sights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City; absorb the majestic charm of the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven; and stroll around the legendary Tiananmen Square. Relax during a scenic bus ride; purchase special souvenirs in the bustling Pearl Market; and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a traditional Chinese lunch.
  • Full-day nine-hour tour of Beijing's classic attractions: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
  • Tiananmen Square's monuments and halls
  • Forbidden City Imperial Palace Museum
  • Temple of Heaven holy temple
  • Summer Palace grounds and art gallery
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from city-centre Beijing hotels
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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)
Air-conditioned coach/mini van
English speaking tour guide
Chinese style lunch
Admission tickets
Cruise port pickup and drop off
Gratuities

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, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Return point: Tour returns to the original departure point

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Greet your knowledgeable guide at Tiananmen Square to commence your captivating sightseeing tour. Gain fascinating insight into the history of the structure from your accomplished guide, hearing of how Chairman Moa and the rise of communism links to the palace. Next, venture to the fascinating Forbidden City to absorb the powerful majesty of the complex; tour four opulent halls and hear of the palace’s turbulent yet prosperous past as you stroll. 

Revitalize with a delicious lunch in a traditional restaurant then venture to the Temple of Heaven, a temple that boasts the title of China’s largest. Marvel at the exquisite example of ecclesiastical architecture then head to your final destination, a pristine palace that has been a retreat and refuge for emperors fro over 800 years. 

On arrival at the Summer Palace, wander amid the botanical beauty of the surrounding grounds and explore the temples and art pieces that pepper the park. After your tour comes to a conclusion, bid farewell to your guide and continue to explore independently if you wish.
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, 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
Stop At:  
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Summer Palace was built in 1750 during Qing Dynasty. It is the largest royal park and being well preserved. You will explore the grounds, the temples and the worlds longest art gallery.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hantang International Travel Service
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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and 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
See all safety measures taken by Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and 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
See all safety measures taken by Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.

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  • "Its good if you have a short amount of time and want to see a bunch of places." See review
  • "There were two shopping stops, for silks and pearls, but no pressure to buy." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Intimate experience with great itinerary
Christine_G
, Nov 2019
The tour group was small so it is very relaxing. Tour guide and driver are awesome company who gave detailed information for all the places which we visited!
star-2
Very mixed feeling about quite a sub-par tour
YeanFai_L
, Sep 2019
Being a viator tour user for the past 6 years, one has come to expect certain standard or certain minimums. The problem began one day before the tour, where I get a call that they would need to cancel the booking as the tkts for the Forbidden city were sold out and they could not get any tkts due to govt. restrictions - which I was understanding of. No problem. But instead of a solution, all that they kept insisting on was, take the full refund - not our fault. All I wanted was, replace the forbidden city with an alternative site, and I would be fine. Flat refusal. Manager intervention was requested and they finally agreed. Next day, they began the tour at 7 am with a mini van, only for me with a guide and driver. But the time schedule was completely messy, lunch at 10:30, multiple shopping trips (for silk, for tea, for chinese traditional medicine....none of which feature in the description). It all felt forced and contrived. The guide only gave the bare basic info, which could be looked up on the description boards of the locations, hidden costs of some random ferry ride, some tip for complimentary foot massage - which wasn't even requested. All in all, I was happy with the manager who agreed to accommodate me to show me Beijing in my one day there. But everything else about the tour just left a bad taste.
star-2
In a hurry with not enough time and not being able to decide anything.
ERICK_H
, Mar 2019
At the beigining the experience was ok, however, we started going to the temples like runing without being able to look some important ones and the tour guide she decided which were the good ones with out asking and when I told her that I wanted to climb to a temple in the summer palace she told me that we do not have enough time and I got mad since they took me first to a pearls shop that was not part of the tour ( for sure she got commission from the sopping in that store) and we lost more than half an hour there and with such time we should be able to finishing the parts of summer palace I did not see.
star-1
Do Not Recommend this tour....In review...
sfoss95
, Sep 2018
Do Not Recommend this tour....In review of this tour I, my wife and daughter all concluded that a better description of the actual tour and guide are needed. Are tour starts by van pickup at the hotel as advertised. But without the English speaking guide and a non English speaking driver. So we had no idea what was happening other than what the lobby concierge had translated and confirmed that we were the correct tour we booked. After a 30 minute vigorous drive seatbelts are a MUST we meet our guide and two other persons on the tour to head to the next and last hotel to pickup the last person on the tour, so over an hour in just driving to pickup customers. Then another hour drive through the city traffic to the first location, just to be overly rushed though the Summer Palace. Had to ask to stop to use the bathroom and to buy a sovereign because guide was not stopping to wait. Asked to see if we were going to enter any of the buildings or even the palace, just to be told no. Then hurried out the gate to the van to be taken SHOPPING.....Not...... we were taken to a predestined stop to be pushed into a silk store and hounded by sales people to buy silk bedding or clothing that we did not want. After sitting for about an hour and not buying anything the guide took us to Temple of Heaven. Again to just be rushed through and gave 15 minuets for pictures. After that we were taken to lunch at a nice restaurant for about an hour. Then to a Fresh Water Pearl store another predesignated store to just to be again hounded to purchase their pearls as if there is no other place on earth to by pearls. This stop took well over an hour and they were not happy we did not buy anything again. So now the day has been spent mostly driving from spot to spot or being pushed to buy stuff at their guides choice of stores. So we arrived at our last stop, just to be completely rushed by the guide through every site at the Tiananmen Square right through to the Forbidden City. And in the Forbidden City we even asked to go into the buildings just to be ignored and countinued at a very fast pace and we again even had to ask to stop to use the bathroom. So at the end. We simply asked to be dropped off at the shopping plaza in the middle of the city so we could actually do some shopping and took the metro back to our hotel. You are so rushed through the actual places you booked to see. But, when we stopped st the shopping sites there was no rush. Honestly, the best part of the day seemed after we were dropped off to shop on our own!
star-5
This was a great tour and a perfect way...
Nancy B
, Sep 2018
This was a great tour and a perfect way to see the highlights of Beijing in a day! There were only three of us in the group and our guide William was flexible with time at each stop, allowing for guided time as well as free time to explore and take photos. William answered all our questions about Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and any other topic. There were two shopping stops, for silks and pearls, but no pressure to buy. Lunch was nice with a variety of dishes to pick from. At the end of the tour, William suggested a drop off spot which would allow me to explore another area of Beijing, but also easily return to my hotel via subway. All in all, a great day!
star-5
Great way to see the highlights of Beijing in one day!
Trevor_The_Nomad
, Sep 2018
This is a great tour if you're limited on time in Beijing and want to see the highlights of major landmarks in the city. The company called me the day before to confirm my pick up time from my hotel and we were transported in a comfortable van. There were only 3 other people on the tour, which made it more personal. I hope you have William as your tour guide (he normally does tours on the weekends). Very friendly, personable, and knowledgable about the history behind all the places we visited. He knew how to get us through crowds and lines of visiting Chinese tourists from all over, which could be overwhelming at times during the peak season. Be prepared to walk and don't forget your passport, as it is required to gain entrance to Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City for foreigners. There are a few shopping stops throughout the day, including a silk factory and pearl market, so be aware that these may take up to an hour each. Also, bring some additional cash with you (many places in Beijing do not accept credit cards) as there are add-ons to this tour, including a boat ride to the Summer Palace and climbing the steps of the Summer Palace (highly recommend for a beautiful view of Kunming Lake, surrounding mountains, and the Beijing skyline -- if it's a clear day).
star-4
Good tour, saw a lot of places in...
Vijairam_S
, Aug 2018
Good tour, saw a lot of places in one day. Its good if you have a short amount of time and want to see a bunch of places. You only see tiananmen square from across the street, so its mostly forbidden city, summer palace and temple of heaven which is what i wanted to see. They do take you to 2 factories which is annoying but i guess its part of most tours. Guide spoke good english. Lunch was pretty good as well.
star-2
This tour was way too rushed. The...
Simon V
, Jul 2018
This tour was way too rushed. The guide (Jackie) was very abrupt and rude at times. His English was very difficult to understand as he spoke too fast. Lunch was in a very poor quality cafeteria style restaurant. We didn’t appreciate the hard sell at the Chinese Medical Clinic either.
star-3
Obviously, the sites we visited were...
Douglas_L
, Jun 2018
Obviously, the sites we visited were amazing, however a few notes of caution. We had three shopping stops which, in our opinion, took time away from seeing the historical sites. We could have done without so much time at the Silk and Oyster shops, and more time seeing the Summer Palace. Our guide, Cherry, was okay, but we've had better English speaking guides on this trip. Overall, you must see these very important sites while in Beijing.
star-5
Great tour, specially when you have a...
Sunil D
, May 2018
Great tour, specially when you have a short stay in the city

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