4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

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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 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

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