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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; absorb the sacred ambience of the Lama Temple (Yonghegong); and see giant pandas in environments reminiscent of their natural habitat at Beijing Zoo. 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. 


  • Full-day tour to Lama Temple, Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo giant panda exhibit, from central Beijing
  • Marvel at the intricacies of Lama Temple, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temples outside of Tibet
  • See the massive Maitreya Buddha statue that stands in one of Lama Temple’s five halls
  • Snap photos of the uber cute giant pandas at Beijing Zoo
  • 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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Best Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

Lama Temple in Beijing

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, venture to Beijing Zoo to see its adorable giant pandas. Watch the majestic mammals in a replication of their natural habitat as they munch on bamboo and lounge lazily in the large enclosure. After observing the cute pandas, 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. 

Customer Reviews

Jennifer A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour guide and the tour itself was fun. The food they give you is Western style Chinese food. Not exactly what you actually get in China but still quite nice. The Lama Temple was amazing. It was beautiful and our tour guide had a lot of knowledge about everything. Be careful at the pearl factory. I bought an 18 carat gold charm with a pearl in it and the gold is peeling off and turning back so obviously not real pearl. It might be government run but that doesn't mean it's 100 legit.

Heather L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We ended up with a private tour because no one else had booked this particular itinerary on this day. William was our guide, and he was amazing. I was traveling with my 83 year old grandmother, and he saw our unique needs and met our pace. This was my grandma's favorite day of our trip!

Llamaschool United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour, don't miss this one! Our guide was William Kuang, highly recommended. He got us to the Panda Garden slightly before 8:30, we practically had them to ourselves. We took a dragon boat up the waterway into the Summer Palace grounds as was the case with other Hanteng tours I took this week, our guide seemed to know the ticketing agents and we were moved to the front of the line for the boats embarrassing, but efficient. A good 2 hours spent @ the Summer Palace, we visited the temple and the living quarter. Lunch was fine, a place that caters to tour buses in the Olympic complex. There were two shopping stops, the pearls and the tea house these are unavoidable unless you hire a private guide--don't buy if you don't want to and you DO have room to bargain @ the pearl factory. Lama Palace was last, our guide is a practicing Buddhist and demonstrated the incense rituals and prayers, explaining everything. As we left, he noticed the monks were giving out fruit from the day's offering tables and shooed us all back in to receive them. Very good luck, evidently!

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We packed so much into this day! We signed up for a group tour but it ended up only being our group which was a nice surprise. Our guide was great and took us all around the city. There were two factory stops but since it was just the two of us we made it quick. Lunch was not great and very touristy

Andrew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good experience with a personal touch. Excellent English spoken by our friendly and knowledgeable guide. Thoroughly recommend this to all and value for money.

Robert L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely fabulous.
Be,jing is an credible city.

Gary P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Superb tour with a great guide and driver. Adjusted the tour a bit to meet my requests, and highly recommend this nearly full day tour around Beijing.

Cherie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour and great tour guide!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Small group made it very personal but the guide was sensational and knowledgeable


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

great tour guide

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