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See all of Beijing’s cultural and historical highlights on a comprehensive and captivating full-day tour of China’s capital city. Stroll amid the majestic charm of Tiananmen Square; marvel at the imaginative architecture at the Forbidden City; and see the verdant splendor that surrounds the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Alongside your knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich history and distinctive culture of Beijing and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from selected Beijing hotels. 


  • Full-day tour of Beijing's essential attractions: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China
  • Tiananmen Square's monuments and halls
  • Forbidden City Imperial Palace Museum
  • Visiting one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall of China at Badaling
  • Panoramic views from the top of the Great Wall
  • Shopping at the Longdi Jade Factory
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from city-centre Beijing hotels

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What You Can Expect

Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Badaling Great Wall

Depart from your Beijing hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan and begin your cultural exploration of the city at Tiananmen Square, an enclave replete with impressive monuments and opulent halls, Hear about China’s communist history from your expert guide then take the short stroll to the Forbidden City to satisfy more cultural cravings. 

Delve into the history of every Chinese dynasty in each of the four palatial halls, marveling at ostentatious antiques and ancient treasures from thousands of years ago. Admire both the Gate and Palace of Heavenly Purity and listen as your guide explains the cultural significance of the structures. 

Revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch then return to your spacious vehicle to venture to the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. On arrival, relish the 2,000-year of New Wonder of the World and ascend to the top of the wall to capture panoramic countryside vistas on camera. 

On your way back to your Beijing hotel, stop at the renowned Longdi Jade Factory to shop for precious presents featuring the picturesque green stone. 

Customer Reviews

Dean C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I was in China on business, and only had one day to spend in Beijing, so I wanted to see as much as possilbe. The Beijing Essential Full-Day perfectly meet my needs. Our guide Jackie was very knowledgable of the history and stories about each site we visited. He kept the group moving to ensure we didn't linger too long at any particular site. Jackie's English was very good and made the trip very interesting. One thing to remember on this tour is that it will make for a very long day, so if you tend to move at a slower pace, a shorter tour may be more well suited for you. However, if you have just one day to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Tiananment Square, this tour is perfect.

Nikki H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was phenomenal! Very personalized. I highly recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Serry was fantastic. very organised, punctual, knowledgeable and pleasant. We thoroughly enjoyed the day.
It was easy to book through Viator, and the reminder as the day drew nearer was appreciated.

Kenyatta F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great time!

Brett B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic Michael the tour guide was very friendly and spoke good english. Suggested a mid morning snack would be good.


Nikki H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour was well done and very thought out. We were a group of four and stayed at an airbnb. The company was very accommodating and picked us up from our location. This was most helpful as we had only been in Beijing for the night so hadn't really had time to learn the area. We were picked up promptly at 7:45am to begin our tour. Our guide and driver were exceptionally professional. Mike, the tour guide, was super knowledgeable and professional. He answered any and all questions we posed.

Every location was high on the list of places to visit during my trip and this tour hit all locations and more. With plenty of time to enjoy and take in the history and beauty. I would highly recommend this tour to friends and family.

Benjamin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour was awesome. Jacki male was our guide and he was more than happy to tell us about everything! It was extremely informative. The tour ran a little long but that was perfectly fine because we went to Beijing just to take it. The food provided on the tour was also amazing! I highly recommend this tour!

Benjamin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

William is an excellent tour guide -- he was knowledgable, flexible in terms of scheduling, and well-versed in English. He intrepidly led us up the Great Wall in -20 C temperature and wind chill as well as around Tiananmen and the Forbidden City. The trip was a great value in my opinion.

Rachel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Highly recommended if you are short on time. The tour guide was wonderful and knowledgeable. This tour is a must.

Max C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour is only as good as your tour guide....our guilde Michael was excellent and so was the entire tour..
I highly recommend this tour.
At lunch opt for the Peking Duck just a few extra dollars but well worth it.

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