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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

Visit two of Beijing’s most important historic sites on a full-day tour that features the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace. You also see giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo, stop at a silk market, and relax over a Chinese-style lunch. Your experienced guide provides informative commentary on the history and culture of each site, as well as background on China's famous panda bears and an introduction to modern Beijing. Enjoy time for photos and questions at each stop on this fascinating Beijing sightseeing tour.


  • 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

Your day starts with pickup from your centrally located Beijing hotel by air-conditioned coach and a short drive to Lama Temple, one of Beijing’s most famous monasteries.

Lama Temple boasts five large halls that are decorated with colorful carvings, murals, ceremonial objects and statues of the Buddha in various incarnations. Your guide takes you through the stunning complex, explaining the significance of the items that you see. Admire one of the temple’s highlights, a towering statue of Maitreya Buddha that stands 59 feet high (18 meters) and was carved from a single piece of white sandalwood.

Next up, visit the Beijing Zoo to see its beloved residents, the giant pandas. The endangered panda bears are native to China and considered a national treasure. Watch the pandas munch on bamboo, play and lounge in their large enclosures, which resemble their natural habitat.

After enjoying the panda antics, relax while eating a Chinese-style lunch. Then head to the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Originally built in 1750 as a summer retreat for the emperor, the UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace was razed twice by foreign armies and completely rebuilt. Enjoy great photo ops as you follow your guide around the grounds, which boast ornately decorated temples, pavilions, gardens, bridges and covered walkways. Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake take up most of the 1.1 square mile (2.9 square kilometer) site. Your guide points out highlights such as the Marble Boat, a lakeside pavilion that was restored in 1893 for Empress Cixi.

Wrap up your day with a stop at Tianhou Silk Market where you see a brief demonstration of how silk is made. Then have the option to shop for high quality silk goods before your guide returns you to your hotel to end your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely fabulous.
Be,jing is an credible city.

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.

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

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great tour

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Hands down an amazing tour. We went with two other couples. We enjoyed this tour very much.

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