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  • Location:Beijing, China
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

If your time in Beijing is short, take this full-day tour to see all the essential sights: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. You'll see why the capital of the People's Republic of China continues to be a historic center of power, culture and wealth today.


  • 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

Your sightseeing day tour of Beijing's essential sights starts at Tiananmen Square, with an overview of China's communist history. You'll tour the grounds and see Tiananmen's vast array of halls and monuments.

From Tiananmen Square it's a short walk to the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace Museum. The history of every dynasty is represented in four palatial halls, plus antiques and treasures from China's thousands of years of history.

After a stop for lunch you will visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall, one of the best preserved sections of this 2,000-year-old architectural wonder. You will be able to climb the Great Wall and take in the panoramic views from the top.

The day tour also includes a stop at the famous Longdi Jade Factory where you can shop for beautiful bargains.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very nice trip, the guide was friendly and kind. Outstanding service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Victoria provided exceptional customer service by contacting my hotel to confirm the tour start time and answering all questions. The whole day was very enjoyable and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Pro: Tour went ahead even though I was the only one booked. Prompt arrival and guide has good English skills. Tea ceremony was a welcome surprise. Not much of a shopper but silk factory prices were amazing($84US for scarf, could probably haggle lower).

Con: Waited 20-30mins for tickets at Forbiden City(surely they could have been prepurchased to spend that time wandering the site). Also much traffic to Great wall lead to shorter time there than would have liked. I work out with stairs so it was an easy climb but still took 45min up/45min down leaving no time at the top, or to check out the vendors/food stalls/etc. Adding 30min to the length would have made it a better tour even if it costs $10 more.

Definetely recommend if you have limited time in Beijing such as those traveling to China 72hours visa free.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This is the best way to do Beijing in a day! Everything had a great pace and although I was initially questioning whether I could stand an 8 hour tour, the time flew by and I could have stayed longer. Cherry was magnificent as a tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable about Chinese history and made sure to stage the photos that were must haves. I highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We went on this tour in November 2014 (quiet season), ended up being a tour with just the two of us. Our guide and driver were on time to pick us up from our hotel and pretty flexible about the things we wanted to see or not see that were on the tour. The guide was informative and relaxed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The great to wall of China was unbelievable and beautiful, the best experience of our life. Loved it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Our tour guide Cynthia was very kind and nice with us. She tried to made our tour very exciting and interesting. My flight was delayed so I start the tour later, after the Forbidden city so she told me they will make a refund for that. I didn't asked for it so it was very nice from her.
We went to the Jade Factory and we ate there; the food was very good and enough for all of us. After that we went to the Silk Factory and to the Great Wall. It was amazing but maybe not enough time, only 1:30 hour. We finished at the Tea ceremony very interesting. GREAT TOUR! RECOMMENDED FOR ONLY ONE DAY IN BEIJING!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Love this tour, jacky was amazing , we had an amazing tour visiting everything including enough time at the wall!..when I get back I'll ask for Jackie !..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Wow what a tour and the tour guide was awesome, and very Knowledgeable.

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