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

Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Discover the magnificent monuments and cultural highlights of Beijing on a full-day private tour of the city. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, visit impressive landmarks like Tiananmen Square and absorb the ancient majesty of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites like the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. Satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a locally prepared Chinese lunch and join locals in ancient customs like tai chi. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of a tailored itinerary and receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour. 


  • Full-day private tour of Beijing with an expert English-speaking guide
  • Walk around Tiananmen Square and hear about its historical and cultural significance
  • Visit two architecturally impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven
  • Interact with locals and join afternoon activities like tai chi
  • Delight in a traditional lunch of Chinese specialties
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off with private air-conditioned transport included

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Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing

The Forbidden City in Beijing

Depart from your Beijing hotel in a spacious, private vehicle and travel direct to Tiananmen Square, an ancient site shrouded in legend and culture. Stroll through the square and listen to compelling commentary offered by your guide; learn about notable landmarks like the Chairman Mao Memorial and the Great Hall of the People as you explore.  

Next, venture to the Forbidden City to absorb the imperial majesty of the Chinese palace. Hear of how the building functions as both a political and ceremonial center, then delve into the intriguing exhibits of the Palace Museum to admire an epic collection of artwork dating back to the Ming Dynasty. 

Please note that the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays, when the Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace will be substituted instead. 

After thorough exploration of the site, return to your minivan and travel to a rustic restaurant to revitalize with an authentic Chinese lunch. Venture next to the Temple of Heaven, another UNESCO-listed site that boasts the largest complex of sacrificial buildings in China. Stroll through the temple to the impressive prayer halls and join locals as they practice tai chi.

When your tour concludes, relax during the journey back to Beijing and bid your guide farewell at your hotel. 

Customer Reviews

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I am SO glad I went through Viator to get a tour of Beijing. My time in the city was short, so taking a guided tour was the way to go for me. For everything it included, I thought it was really well-priced and my guide was very knowledgable and optimized the time I had. In addition to the major attractions, I was taken to one of the most well-known and popular Silk factories in Beijing and also sampled 7 types of Chinese tea at a tea house near the Temple of Heaven and was able to do some shopping for family. My guide also took me to an authentic Chinese restaurant as we sampled many delicious dishes. I highly recumbent doing this trip and would say it is well worth the cost!

Jelena P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing! We had such a fantastic time and we saw everything we wanted to see. Our tour guide Cris was extremely helpful! She was very informed about how to get around and gave us a great background history on each place we visited. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting these sites to get a tour guide, just because of the extensive security and amount of people that are around. It makes it very confusing and a guide is HIGHLY recommended. With that I would get Cris as a tour guide!

John J H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My tour was a private tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing 5533CBJH. The tour was thorough and interesting. To walk through Tiananmen Square was to get an appreciation for the size of the square and the People's Hall. Next was the Forbidden City. My guide, Cris, was thorough in describing the history and life within these walls. We litteraly walked through history as we examined the architecture and through the various halls that were home to the history and maturing of the art of pottery. The grounds and buildings were beautiful. We next took an optional side trip to a silk manufacturer, which was interesting. I had time to review their shop - too many items to choose from! From there we went to a local restaurant. I don't know if it is policy, but since I was on my own, I ate lunch alone. I would recommend giving the client the option - I would have liked to carry on our conversations over lunch.

We finished the tour at the Temple of Heaven: a very expansive garden with historic temples and buildings, including Echo Hall, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Round Temple. But the walk through the woods and the serenity of nature was a nice end of a long day. Cris, my tour guide, was genuinely kind, informative and easy to converse with. She answered my questions and helped me gain greater understanding about Chinese life, culture and history. I recommend this tour and I hope you can get Cris.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide Chris was great. We are not ones to look around forever and take our time. We like to get our tours done quickly and efficiently and that's exactly what Chris did. From the pickup at our hotel to when we returned the tour lasted 6.5 hours with was perfect for us. I would highly recommend this private tour and Chris.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This three places are a Must See when in Beijing. But what made this tour exceptional was our tour guide Cris. Her knowledge of history, besides her charisma and easy way to explain each corner of these places were an important difference in the way to see the city. At lunch she took us to a restaurant where locals use to go, the food was so good, making us really understand the culture and behave of the people of Beijing. Details like these makes the difference of a good tour guide and the others. Thanks Cris for this extraordinary experience!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

My wife and I would like to say how much we enjoyed today's tour with Robert as our Guide. While the day was tiring it was most interesting and Robert was not only a very informative guide but also very understanding of our specific needs and structured the tour accordingly at a pace we were comfortable with.

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Our Guide was Awesome! Ask for RITA! She goes above and beyond to make the experience exceptional. Her English is fantastic. She truly went above and beyond to cater to all of our needs. She recommended some fun things to do in the city and made some personal stops for us. One of our favorite tours from the trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We had Robert as a tour guide today to the square, forbidden city, and temple of heaven. He was engaging and really a good teacher to my son for mandarin in addition of course to his extensive knowledge. We would highly recommend him to others.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Our guide today, was wonderful! We liked everything that she showed us. We enjoyed her very much. Our driver was very good also. Thank you!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The tour was great fun. I think the driver was excellent and polite and friendly. I really enjoyed the history knowledge that the guide conveyed to me. I also liked the lunch he ordered. He was pleasant, avoiding the crowded places and gave me sufficient time to rest at lunch and tea. I will most certainly ask for your services again, likely for Guangzhou some time later this year. Thank you very much
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