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Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden

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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the rich historical heritage of Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most spectacular sights. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace and absorb the sacred ambiance of the Lama Temple (Yonghegong). Gain fascinating insight into the prosperous past and present of China’s capital from a knowledgeable guide and capture fantastic photographs of the city sights during each leisurely stop.
  • Marvel at the intricacies of Lama Temple, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temples outside of Tibet
  • Walk around the grounds of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace
  • Watch a short demonstration on making silk at Tianhou Silk Market
  • Includes knowledgeable guide, lunch, transportation, entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off
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Transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach/mini-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)
Professional English-speaking tour guide
Chinese style lunch
Admission tickets
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Tour departs from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
Dates: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Depart from your centrally located Beijing hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and venture to the first of your historical highlights, the Lama Temple. Hailed as one of the city’s most famous monasteries, the temple boasts five opulent halls replete with colorful carvings, sacred objects and detailed murals. Follow your guide through the impressive labyrinth and learn about the cultural significance of the enormous Maitreya Buddha, a statue that stands 18 meters above ground. 

Next, revitalize with a traditional Chinese lunch and prepare for your next destination. 

Sated, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace to marvel at the regal resplendence of the structure, Hear about how the palace was completely rebuilt after destruction by foreign armies and tour the opulent grounds to see decorated temples, picturesque pavilions, quaint bridges, and verdant gardens. 

Conclude your cultural exploration at the Tianhou Silk Market, a vibrant enclave in which a brief silk demonstration is performed. Purchase some sumptuous silk if you please then return to your Beijing hotel in your comfortable vehicle.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
Yonghe Lamasery and one of the best examples of the regions many sacred temples. Lama Temple reveals diverse architectural styles from Han, Mongolia, Manchuria and Tibet, and the impressive 60-foot Maitreya Buddha, carved form a single sandalwood tree.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Emperors retreat, the historic Summer Palace. Used for eight centuries, the Empress Dowager Cixi had the estate renovated in the 19th century, including the manmade lake we see today. Besides touring the ornate palace, you will stroll through one of Beijing's favorite parks. After that, Its on to one of the highpoints of anyone visiting Beijing, a trip to see the frolicking Pandas, a living Chinese treasure.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation tour will be received at time of booking
  • Infants aged 2 years and under travel free of charge, providing they are not occupying a seat.
  • 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

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 II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden?
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 Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden?
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 Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden?
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 Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden.

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  • "The guides clearly make commission off sales and encourage it instead of protecting against." See review
  • "If you are looking to really get into the Summer Palace, this isn't your tour." See review

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Be aware.
sugarkanekowalczyk
, Jan 2020
We went on a 1 day tour in January. First stop was the zoo at 7.45am to see the pandas, then a walk around Summer Palace (note: you do not go up to the palace) and then the tour takes a swift turn at 10.30am to be all about selling. We were taken to a pearl factory where there is immense pressure for you to buy things and then a tea ceremony where we were scammed by sales people and ended up paying $115 AU for two 100g teas! Disgraceful to take advantage of tourists like this and the experience was certainly ruined after that. The guides clearly make commission off sales and encourage it instead of protecting against. Would not recommend.
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Not what expected
Katherine H
, Oct 2019
We didn't spend more than 10 minutes at the Zoo and wasn't able to visit gift shop. We spent too long at Summer Palace but no boat ride just many stories which I didn't understand as the guide spoke so fast. Then we visited a place for a foot massage which wasn't on the itinary where they sold Chinese herbal medicine to some at 200 pounds a time. Then the lunch was so bad I couldn't eat it- the place where lunch was was so grotty. Then we were taken to a place where they try to sell you silk duvets also not on itinary. Arrived back later than expected -not dropped at hotel due to traffic just a few mins walk though. The group we were with lovely.
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Beijing in a hurry
Roam45183257652
, Apr 2019
Our guide was very knowledgeable and could tell us a lot of interesting things. It would have done the tour well if either more time had been available or the program would have been shorter. So we have been through all the stations in a great hurry and constant hustle and bustle.
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Be aware of Mr. Lee
Jonathan M
, Sep 2018
Mr. Lee took us to the Summer Palace and Panda Garden, that was all good. After that he took us to a silk showroom. At the showroom Mr. Lee encourages us to buy things obviously because he gets a cut of whatever we buy. This was followed by a pearl showroom, where again he is encouraging us to buy things. When you don't buy something he comes up to you and encourages you to go look more closely at all the things they sell. After this we were supposed to go to the Lama Temple, but he then suggested that we instead should go to the Temple of Heaven. The reason for this is that he has an arrangement with a tea store right outside of the Temple of Heaven. There they will make you tea and show you how tea should be drank and prepared. After this he encourages you to buy things. After this he took us to a foot massage place for $3 foot massages, they also offer medications they you "need" based on a pulse reading. These medications cost $120. During the tour he tells you about how sick his mother is and how expensive is to care for her and that he watches after her when he is not working. This we felt was done on his part as to not make us upset that he tries to make extra money off of us. We felt that it was unprofessional for him to include and exclude things that were not on the agenda. In addition, we didn't like the pressure he put on us to buy things.
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star-4
We enjoyed this tour a lot. Summer...
Corey J
, Aug 2018
We enjoyed this tour a lot. Summer Palace is beautiful and the Lama Temple is fascinating. We paid extra to do the boat entry and I thought it added something. But advised that the title is misleading. You tour through the grounds of the Summer Palace. You don't go into anything. If you are looking to really get into the Summer Palace, this isn't your tour. But all and all it was fun and our guide did a very nice job. I enjoyed it.
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This was avery nice trip to...
Dackel
, Jun 2018
This was avery nice trip to different places of Beijing, with a very nice and friendly guide, who spoke very good English. It was also really good organized. The only little critic concerns the meal, it was fresher and lovingly arranged on the other tours.
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It was great to see the panda's...
John A
, Apr 2018
It was great to see the panda's, Lama Temple and Summer Palace, but you also go to a silk and pearl factory, which aren't factories at all. They are just stores which they aggressively try to sell you things. Also, if they offer the boat tour to the summer palace for 140 yuan, I would pass, it's nothing really exciting about it.
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star-5
This was a very good tour to get a...
Jeffrey S
, Mar 2018
This was a very good tour to get a feel for a Beijing first visit. Great guide, very well organized. The Panda's were awesome. Great value for the price.
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It was nice and fun. Explored some...
Stine
, Dec 2017
It was nice and fun. Explored some highlights of Beijing with an informative tourguide. I really enjoyed it
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it was worth every penny we spent...
Gayira
, Dec 2017
it was worth every penny we spent. left well equipped with knowledge about Beijing history , our guide was amazing and he explained everything in details he made the tour fun with he speaks very good english, he knows all stories about ancient Beijing. William our guide you are the best..... we cant wait to come back for another tour with you.
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