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

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

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

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.

Steven D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

For the price this is a good value tour that provides ample time at the Great Wall and decent walk through the Forbidden City. The booking process, and follow up communication was excellent and re-assuring given I made late changes. The guide, Victoria, was polite and enthusiastic with good English. Bus was clean and efficient picking me up on time from the hotel. The stop overs at a Jade and Silk factory were a little annoying but given they were timed for a useful stop, not overly troublesome. Overall excellent value.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour was excellent. Our guide Jackie did an amazing job. The lunch was probably the best meal we had while in Beijing. I overall will rate this as a 5 star tour

Chun W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

First time in Beijing. This was a great tour to go on if you have a full day. Our guide Michael was amazing. Really knowledgeable and friendly. Amazing sights. Also visited silk, jade and tea factories. Good lunch provided. Downside was time travelling to The Great Wall long and the bus was too cold!

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Erik B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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

Roger C Blume B

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.

Michael E

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.

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