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

Explore Beijing's amazing history and culture on this seven-hour tour to the Lama Temple, the zoo to see China's famous pandas and the historic Summer Palace. This seven-hour tour provides a comprehensive, unhurried introduction to all there is to see in vibrant, enormous Beijing.


  • Seven-hour tour of three of Beijing's historic and cultural attractions: Lama Temple, zoo Panda Garden and the Summer Palace
  • Yonghe Lamasery sacred temple
  • Maitreya Buddha, carved from a single sandalwood tree
  • Seeing pandas playing at the zoo's Panda Garden
  • Historic Summer Palace grounds and galleries
  • Shopping at the Tianhou Silk Market
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from city-centre Beijing hotels

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What You Can Expect

Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

Lama Temple in Beijing

Your relaxed day tour begins at the Yonghe Lamasery, one of the best examples of the region's many sacred temples. Lama Temple reveals diverse architectural styles from Han, Mongolia, Manchuria and Tibet. The highlight is the impressive 60-foot (18-meter) Maitreya Buddha, carved from a single sandalwood tree. Next, it's on to the zoo to see one of the highpoints of any visit to Beijing, the frolicking pandas, China's living treasures.

After a stop for lunch, you'll visit the emperors' retreat, the historic Summer Palace. Empress Dowager Cixi renovated the estate in the 19th century, installing the artificial lake we see today. After touring the ornate palace, you'll stroll through one of Beijing's favorite parks and go on a shopping excursion to the Tianhou Silk Market.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Connie was a great tour guide! I had this tour to myself and she still remained enthusiastic all day! Very strong English speaker too

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Very well organised trip with knowledgeable and polite guide. Pick up and drop off at the hotel. We have been on several tours in Beijing and this is one worth going on. There is an optional boat ride in the Summer Palace that we took as well at nominal extra charge.

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