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Tour code: 5262CNUB
See Beijing's top attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites on a small-group tour led by a knowledgeable guide who shares detailed commentary on contemporary and imperial China. Visit the Temple of Heaven (Tian tan), Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park, stopping to admire the ancient city's Ming-era architecture and learn about the powerful Chinese emperor. Your guide sheds light on China's history with your small group, which is limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience, and includes subway transport, entrance fees and lunch.

Highlights

  • See Beijing's top attractions on a full-day city tour
  • See the Forbidden City
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven
  • Walk through Tiananmen Square
  • See Jingshan Park
  • A traditional dumpling or noodle lunch is included

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What You Can Expect

Small Group Beijing City Tour

Tiananmen Square

Meet your guide after making your own way to Temple of Heaven Park, an urban oasis where people gather to chat, exercise and enjoy the natural world.

If time allows, your guide may take you through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Temple of Heaven (additional expense), a Ming temple built by the same emperor who built the Forbidden City. Temple of Heaven served as the stage for important rituals performed by the emperor, especially rituals to please the gods who would grant a plentiful harvest and favorable year. Inside the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, your guide shows you acoustical tricks made by the building's structure.

Upon departing the Temple of Heaven, follow your guide to the subway and ride to Tiananmen Square. From there, a short walk takes you to the Forbidden City, where your guide shares informative details about imperial China as you walk through the vast plaza and marvel at its towering gates and fortified walls, then admire rare treasures and artifacts that offer a glimpse into palace life.

Next, enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch of noodles or dumplings and take a stroll through Jingshan Park, formerly an imperial garden during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Enjoy a great perspective on the best of Ming Dynasty architecture, including stunning views of the Forbidden City and the ancient heart of Beijing. Your Beijing small-group tour ends in the park in the mid-afternoon, leaving you free to make your way to your next destination.

Customer Reviews

Valerie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great way to see the cool sites in Beijing!
Our guide, Kevin, was very knowledgeable and fun. One cool thing about this tour, in addition to visiting the Temple of heaven, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square, Kevin gave us the background or history of certain parts of each venue then allowed us to explore on our own.
We also ate lunch at China's first KFC! A must do.

Frederik H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

If I could give more stars I would. This was such a good experience. The combination of a really visually and historically enticing trip, and an extremely good guide was a winning combination. The trip itself is a five star trip. The guide made it a 7-8 star experience.

Rosemary E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Fantastic tour taking in the main tourist sites. The guide was great company and gave an interesting insight into Chinese life and history. The tour was well paced and you never felt rushed

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