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4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

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  • Location:Beijing, China
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Beijing Lama Temple, Panda Garden and Ancient Altar Day Tour

See some of Beijing’s natural and historical highlights on a full-day excursion to the sacred Lama Temple and Beijing Zoo. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich history of one of the world’s most significant Tibetan Buddhist monasteries; admire the intricate architecture of the Lama Temple and then venture to Beijing Zoo to see a diverse array of wildlife species. Observe endangered animals like the giant panda before visiting a magnificent museum to delve into Chinese architecture and agriculture from ancient times. 

Highlights

  • Visit the Lama Temple, one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world
  • Visit the ancient altar built in 1420 AD
  • See a giant panda at the Beijing Zoo
  • Chinese style lunch
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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Beijing Lama Temple, Panda Garden and Ancient Altar Day Tour

Beijing Lama Temple, Panda Garden and Ancient Altar Day Tour

Depart from your Beijing hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and venture to the sacred site of the Lama Temple, a former residence of royal court that is now considered one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Listen as your knowledgeable guide recounts the 400-year history of the temple and stroll the tranquil gardens in search of incredible sculptures and revered Chinese art.

Next, head to Beijing Zoo to see one of China’s most treasured animals, the giant panda. Marvel at the endangered animals in realistic replicas of their natural habitat and gain insight into the mammals’ behavior and physiology from your expert guide. 

Revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch before travelling to an ancient 13th-century altar built to memorialize Shennong, an emperor who taught his subjects the art of agriculture. Venture within to see a museum that speaks eloquently of China’s important agricultural heritage and then return to your vehicle for the scenic journey back to Beijing. 

Customer Reviews

Catherine F United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A great tour with so much interesting information provided by our guide. Great seeing the Pandas. Restaurant we were taken to for lunch was also really good.

Miss Joanna W C C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

William was lovely and a great tour guide, there was only myself, my mum and my niece were on this tour, so William really took the time to make sure that we saw as much as possible without being rushed, really relaxed day, well worth the money!

Voyager

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

What can I say...the pandas are too cute for words. Also saw beautiful peacocks and other exotics. The Tibetan Temple was awesome. Monks, nuns, and the faithful practicing their faith in a centuries old religious complex. A great day in Beijing.

vivi United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

I enjoy a lot watching the panda. I really liked this tour is worth

Olli Ö

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Thank You so much for this tour! Just unforgettable and the guide was so fantastic, so much insight and knowledge, just totally fascinating! Also great service that the previous guide suggested to combine the tours I had booked, so I had an absolutely unforgettable tour day!

Karen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Excellent tour, great guide, great value. Wonderful day out in Beijing.

Pat N USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Our driver, Ming, was wonderful, professional and friendly. Made our tour a very memorable experience. We will definitely be using Viator again.

Esther A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

This was great. It turned into a personal tour since I was the only person. It was a very relax day. Did not feel rushed all. I only wish the Panda's would been move active.

Elaine B

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

All good but did not enjoy the food.

Eben F USA

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

We've been to Beijing before and seen most of the high priority destinations. We had some spare time on this trip and found this tour which provided other things that we hadn't done. The guide, Maria, did an excellent job of taking us through a wonderful experience. The lunch at a small local Chinese restaurant was wonderful. The Zoo to see the Pandas was a wonderful experience.

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