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Private Customized Tour-Forbidden City,Temple of Heaven&Pekin Roast Duck Lunch

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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.
  • 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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Excellent sites but tour guide Gary...
Gary L
, Aug 2018
Excellent sites but tour guide Gary was just average. whenever I asked a question it couldn't be answered.
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My daughter and I were lucky enough...
Susan Love B
, 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.
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What an amazing day. Our guide was...
J. RC
, 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!
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Fantastic tour. Dean was a excellent...
LARRY G
, Dec 2017
Fantastic tour. Dean was a excellent guide with tremendous amount of knowledge.
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I quickly followed up my first...
kwdunsavage
, 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!
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Terrible! The tour provider was...
Janina D
, 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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Very enjoyable and saw everything we...
Ken G
, Oct 2017
Very enjoyable and saw everything we expected to see, our guide was very knowledgeable on the history of Beijing. Highly recommend.
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This was a great way to see some of...
Sean R
, Sep 2017
This was a great way to see some of the most famous sites in Beijing. There are lots of tours to these sites, but the real difference was our guide, Torry. She was absolutely fantastic. She went above and beyond what is expected of a tour guide. She brought us to a great local restaurant and ordered lunch for us. She took us to the pearl market and helped us barter with the vendors. She even arranged for a driver to take us to the airport. We felt like we had met up with an old friend who showed us around the city and really took care of us. Thanks again Torry!
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Fantastic! Enjoyed a great day...
Anthony P
, Sep 2017
Fantastic! Enjoyed a great day touring Beijings great sites. Our tour guide Torry was terrific. She provided the needed cultural and historical facts to bring it all together. Lunch was also delicious. Highly recommend this tour and would request Torry if possible.
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The Forbidden City and Temple of...
Christine K
, Sep 2017
The Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven are pretty much must-sees if you're in Beijing and haven't seen them before. Our tour guide, Torry, was cheerful, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. You couldn't ask for more. She answered questions about the attractions and about life in China in general. My husband's ankle was sore and she gave us a recommendation for an herbal medicine. A couple negatives: first, Beijing is unfortunately quite polluted. If it rains, the next day can be nice, but if not, it is pretty bad. Second, both these attractions are understandably very popular. Tons of tourists, tour groups, and the accompanying din of microphoned tour guides. For both climate and crowd reasons, if you can avoid visiting Beijing in the summer, you should. Obviously these elements are out of the tour guide's control I'm saying this just so you know what to expect. Again, Torry was great!

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