See the sights of Beijing on this 9-hour tour with a typical Chinese lunch included. Travel by coach to check out the city's biggest attractions, such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park).
After hotel pickup in the morning from select sections of Beijing, your coach tour starts with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the biggest city squares in the world, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace).
Spend some time looking around, and then head to the Forbidden City, the city's former imperial palace, once home to Chinese emperors from the Ming dynasty to the Qing dynasty. You have 1.5 hours to explore the central axis, running from south to north. Then check out a local health center to learn about traditional Chinese medicine before visiting the Temple of Heaven, an imperial worship site where the emperors would pray for a good harvest.
Next up, head to a restaurant for a lunch of Chinese food, and then visit a pearl gallery to learn about its part in Chinese culture and history. Your last destination is the Summer Palace, about 30 minutes away and home to some of the best-preserved imperial gardens in the world.
Your tour then ends with return to Beijing for hotel drop-off.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Don't be fooled, there is shopping on this tour: pearls and chinese medicine
, May 2019
The whole tour itself felt very rushed, especially at the Forbidden City. Our tour guide spent a lot time helping another tourist with storing her luggage. We did not get any time to explore on our own. Under the "What's included" section shopping is not listed. I was so angry that they wasted our time and took us to a pearl shop and a chinese medicine clinic for 2 hours total. It meant that the rest of the trip was rushed. We could've spent more time at the listed locations. Would NOT recommend.
This tour covered 4 venues in a day and there would have been no way we could have done this by ourselves. Our tour guide was excellent and contacted us the previous day to confirm pick up time and location.