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

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

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. 

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

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

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!

STEPHANIE K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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

KEVIN I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

great tour guide

Patrick USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Very well planned and my tour guide Jackie was excellent! He knew his history well and I recommend this excellent historical tour.

Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and suggested good viewpoints for photos.
The tour moved well and we had more places to visit than we had anticipated, as we visited a silk factory, participated in a tea ceremony, and visited a pearl workshop. We also only had a group of three so it was very personal.
Very enjoyable day.

Kelly W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great tour

valdevezptyltd

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Loved the pandas so cute to see. Our tour guide was amazing and full of information and energy. A must for everyone.

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