Beijing, China
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7 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Overview

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
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.

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G
, Aug 2018

Excellent sites but tour guide Gary was just average. whenever I asked a question it couldn't be answered.

S
, May 2018

My daughter and I were lucky enough to have Allison as our tour guide. She met us in the lobby of our hotel. She explained how the day's tour would go, how long it would take to get to our first destination, and what would follow. She had an impressive knowledge of Chinese history, especially when it came to all of the different parts of the Forbidden City, suggesting places for photos and taking photos of my daughter and me together. She was also very knowledgeable about the Temple of Heaven. We really enjoyed this tour and eating at a local restaurant. This was a day well spent.

d
, Jan 2018

Our guide was Torry and we cant recommend her enough. We had a fantastic time and she was very knowledgeable and also very supportive of us with our toddler who could be a bit of a handful at times! We learnt alot from Torry and I hope we can tour with her again in the future in Beijing!

J
, Jan 2018

What an amazing day. Our guide was Torry, PLEASE ask for Torry. One of the bests we've had. It was like hanging out with a friend. Very informative, she took care of us very nicely. We could see the places, even if very crowded, in a very organized way. Highly recommended!

H
, Dec 2017

Our visit to the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and T-Square was a great experience, much thanks to our guide Torry! She really gave us context to the places we were visiting, the history behind it and the struggles of ancient China that help carve these buildings into what we see today. Torry was so energetic, charismatic and so helpful not only during our day-trip but even the days following she provided us with go-to locations and even sent screenshots of the metro system, explaining which lines we should take. She was absolutely amazing and highly recommend her service!

K
, Dec 2017

Torry is a true ambassador not only for Beijing, but also for China. I took the Tiananman Square, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven Day tour with Torry and it was absolutely outstanding! She greeted me in the lobby of the hotel with a huge smile and the entire tour she was outgoing, friendly, professional, and a great guide. She takes pride in what she does and she wants everyone thats on her tour to truly understand Chinese history, Feng Shui building, the significance of colors, the royalty and the various dynasties, and how all of that plays a role in China today. The place she picked out for lunch was beyond amazing and I was the only Westerner in the restaurant, which tells me its authentic and where all of the locals go. The driver was also very professional and nice and I never felt unsafe as he drove through the crazy Beijing traffic. If you come to Beijing, make sure you tour with Torry. You will not regret it!!

L
, Dec 2017

Fantastic tour. Dean was a excellent guide with tremendous amount of knowledge.

R
, Dec 2017

This was our best tour in Beijing and probably the best tour during our trip in China thanks to our guide Torry. She was extremely warm, friendly and knowledgeable. She definitely made us fall in love with China, chinese people, the rich and ancient culture and the delicious food. Towards the end of the day it was obvious she exceeded all our expectations because of the incredible experience she created just for us! Torry, if you read this you are our best guide ever! Words will never be enough to express our gratitude!!!

k
, Dec 2017

I quickly followed up my first Viator tour in Beijing with this one. Allison was a great tour guide and walked me through all of the detailed history about each of the sites we were seeing. This was a great tour and I really loved having my own tour guide and driver so I didn't have to worry about getting around or trying to figure out what was best to see during the day. Saw ton of things and learning a ton. Highly recommended!

J
, Nov 2017

Terrible! The tour provider was Happy Box Travel. Because we arrived after they called the hotel and checked in at midnight, the hotel told them we had not checked in when they called. We were en flight to Beijing. As a result, no one showed up that morning though we paid 900 for a tour for 7 people. They finally arrived over an hour late! I insisted they add an additional sight to make it up to us, which they did - The Nudong District. Our guide spoke very little English and provided minimal commentary on the sights we were seeing. Our tour was on Monday so the Forbidden City was closed. The Summer Palace was substituted instead. We made it to Tianneman Square towards the end of the day. The lines were very long. I asked if we could circumvent the lines as a tour group but our guide said no. It would have been over an hour wait. She then said it was best to come between 900-1100AM for shortest lines. Then why didn't we?! We ended up taking photos outside the Square since it would take so long to get in. Our friends who took the same tour the previous day said they got in immediately as an escorted tour group. The guide and driver seemed to argue a lot. The only good part was we enjoyed a great Peking Duck. Though the operator tried to make it up to us by adding an additional destination, this was a very substandard tour. All of us were very disappointed with the quality and content of the tour. Our tour guide was ill-prepared to share any information on the sites. Her English was very difficult to understand and she had a hard time answering any questions. she seemed very inexperienced and unprepared. Our friends had done the same tour the day before and had a much better experience as their guide was very good.


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