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  • Location:Beijing, China
  • Duration:7 hours (approx.)

Beijing Historical Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven

Immerse yourself in the beguiling city of Beijing during a full-day tour of the city’s most significant historical sites. Visit legendary landmarks like the Forbidden City; absorb the sacred ambience at the Temple of Heaven; and marvel at the structural beauty of Tian’anmen Square. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, delve into the rich history of the city and discover one of the oldest cultures on earth. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel is included on this tour. 


  • Tour the Tian An Men Tower, monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People and Chairman Mao's monument
  • Explore the legendary Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace Museum
  • Stroll through the Temple of Heaven, built in the Ming and Qing dynasties
  • You'll have the opportunity to enjoy traditional Chinese tea
  • Chinese style lunch
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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Beijing Historical Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Depart from your centrally located Beijing hotel and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Arrive at your first historical highlight, Tian’anmen Square and gain fascinating insight into modern Chinese history as your guide offers information on the Cultural Revolution of Chairman Mao. Explore the grounds on a comprehensive tour and see impressive monuments to The People’s Heroes and Chairman Mao. Gaze at the Tian’anmen Tower and marvel at the elaborate decoration of the Great Hall of the People. 

Next, venture to the legendary Forbidden City to explore a cultural icon. In the four palatial halls reside representations of every Chinese dynasty in history; plunge into the rich history of each family as your guide offers an informative and insightful narration of the landmark. 
Revitalize with a flavorsome and fulfilling lunch then head to the celestial Temple of Heaven to see a 15th-century structure that pays homage to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Hear about how the temple was a center of prayer and sacrificial ceremonies then conclude your authentic cultural experience with some traditional Chinese tea.  

Customer Reviews

Chris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great historic tour with lots of great information and details!

Howard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide was terrific. There were only two other people on our tour, besides us. We covered everything that was promised on the tour and then given the opportunity to add one more stop...the pearl factory. It was both informative and a great chance for some welcome shopping.

Mary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was the way to go in order to see these sites! Our tour guide was really sweet, and explained everything in English really well. There was never a communication gap. We always felt safe. Never a problem. The food was really good at the restaurant they picked. I had gone to other Silk Factories, but, this one was the best with variety, and the explanation about the silk worms. The tour took the hassle out of finding transportation, getting tickets, etc.. Very smooth. I would highly recommend the tour agency that Viator used, and would use them again.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I ended up being the only one in my tour group. My tour guide was vary informative, was able to take the tour at my pace. Lunch was way more than one person could possibly eat and was very standard chinese fare.

Juliette T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Maria was fabulous an very knowledgeable. She really made history come alive. I would highly recommend her.

Joseph M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Victoria was great

LONGINO S Costa Rica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The tour was incredible, The guide was marvelous explaining everything I recommend everyone to do this tour.

Lindsay I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We were a group of seven, with Cynthia as our guide. A very full day, with lots of walkng. Cynthia was a superb guide - we couldn't fault her. Knowlegeable, enthusiastic, and very helpful.. A great experience.

Gregory C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Absolutely fabulous. Our guide Cynthia was an absolute angel. She was so friendly, knowledgable and professional. Our tour was comprehensive, fun and complete. Would book again in a heartbeat. Thanks so very much for a great day.

Grayden H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Excellent insight into the Forbidden City. Would be good to have gotten more information on Tiananmen Square or being able to tour some of the surrounding builds of the Square. Tour guide was excellent - really nice and spoke the best English of any of our guides.

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