Beijing Historical Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Our tour guide spoke good English and she showed us around some very interesting places. Be aware though, the queue through security at the Forbidden City can be very long, and locals push their way closer to the entrance. Other than the general behaviour of the locals, this tour was fantastic, especially if you want to learn about the history of China.

Luke R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Guide was ok at English, however she was quick and knew how to avoid the crowds. So shes perfect.

Lauritz Clement L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Lovely tour, the guide Mark was extremely friendly and joyful. He gave us plenty of details to the history and development of the different monuments. He spoke english relatively well although he had a hard time understanding some of our questions. The tour to the silk factory was not very interesting but these kind of detours are to be expected in a country like China. Overall definitely worth the money!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Excellent Tour. Our tour guide Cherry did an excellent job. She put things in context. She also helped us to make great compositions for photography including panorama shots.

Xavier M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

For this tour, our tour guide Alice reviewed the itinerary of what we would be seeing that day. She was very knowledgeable and was captivating while giving the introduction prior to each site stop: 1 Forbidden City 2 Silk Weaving then we had a nice Chinese lunch 3 Temple of Heaven and 4 Pearl Factory. Alice was very engaging while sharing Chinese culture and ancient traditions. I would highly recommend this tour to friends and family visiting the Beijing area.

Tips: Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for lots of walking. If possible, bring a mask as the sites become crowded and natives cough a lot without covering their mouth.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Excellent tour! My tour guide was knowledgable and friendly. I was lucky enough to have been the only person who booked this outing that day so I had a private tour. Private driver and Guide were on time and always waiting to take me to the next stop. Tour guide had extensive knowledge of the places we visited and was pleasant and informative. Only downside was that being on my own I ended up eating lunch by myself. It would have been nicer to have been able to share experiences with others, but that was not under the control of the guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Roy and our driver picked us up on time and delivered us safely back to our hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this tour and would highly recommend it. Roy was very knowledgeable and a very considerate guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

Amazing trip!!! This was a dream come true..Only our guide was not right n had expected a better guide via Viator..He rushed us everywhere n did not give us time to see the historical sites well..Beijing is historical n beautiful too..Truly wish to go back again..

Vasco S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Great tour and our guide was great!

Rishi S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Fantastic tour all around! This was the quickest way to see around these places. The tour guide was awesome at taking us around, avoiding the large crowds, and very knowledge about the sites. The only thing I thought was odd is that we have to pay an extra 20 RMB to go inside the Temple of Heaven. I thought this would be covered. However, the tour guide allowed me to go inside the Temple of Heaven. It was totally worth the 20 RMB to see this temple. Also, I was the only one on the tour, and had a private car and tour guide. I got very lucky, so take for what it is worth.

Wendy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

I had a great time! Our tour guide Jacky was great. This was worth my money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Our tour guide, Gu, was excellent. The Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven are extremely interesting--unfortunately, when we were there, there was a huge conference going on of Chinese governmental officials from across the country, so Tiananmen Square was completely closed off and we weren't able to tour it. The tour also stops at a silk factory and a tea house--these are both very interesting demonstrations, but they both concluded with a pretty high-pressure sales effort by the staff there. The pressure is polite, but it is obvious that the expectation is that the tourists will make a purchase. Just be prepared.

Chris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Great historic tour with lots of great information and details!

Howard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Our tour guide was terrific. There were only two other people on our tour, besides us. We covered everything that was promised on the tour and then given the opportunity to add one more stop...the pearl factory. It was both informative and a great chance for some welcome shopping.

Mary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

This was the way to go in order to see these sites! Our tour guide was really sweet, and explained everything in English really well. There was never a communication gap. We always felt safe. Never a problem. The food was really good at the restaurant they picked. I had gone to other Silk Factories, but, this one was the best with variety, and the explanation about the silk worms. The tour took the hassle out of finding transportation, getting tickets, etc.. Very smooth. I would highly recommend the tour agency that Viator used, and would use them again.

Paul M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

I ended up being the only one in my tour group. My tour guide was vary informative, was able to take the tour at my pace. Lunch was way more than one person could possibly eat and was very standard chinese fare.

Juliette T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Maria was fabulous an very knowledgeable. She really made history come alive. I would highly recommend her.

Joseph M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Victoria was great

LONGINO S Costa Rica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

The tour was incredible, The guide was marvelous explaining everything I recommend everyone to do this tour.

Lindsay I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

We were a group of seven, with Cynthia as our guide. A very full day, with lots of walkng. Cynthia was a superb guide - we couldn't fault her. Knowlegeable, enthusiastic, and very helpful.. A great experience.

Gregory C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Absolutely fabulous. Our guide Cynthia was an absolute angel. She was so friendly, knowledgable and professional. Our tour was comprehensive, fun and complete. Would book again in a heartbeat. Thanks so very much for a great day.

Grayden H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Excellent insight into the Forbidden City. Would be good to have gotten more information on Tiananmen Square or being able to tour some of the surrounding builds of the Square. Tour guide was excellent - really nice and spoke the best English of any of our guides.

kwame r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

great really enjoyed the Forbidden City

Nicole A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Had Connie again for this one, she was great! I also had this one to myself; she let me pick how much/little time we took at each place and was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Eugenio C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

What my family appreciate most was the personalized treatment of our guide Chynthia Cai. My kids like her so much and we seem to be in one family as we went along. She was so knowledgable and accommodating. Marvelous tour!

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