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Time7 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the rich historical heritage of Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most spectacular sights. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace; absorb the sacred ambience of the Lama Temple (Yonghegong); and see giant pandas in environments reminiscent of their natural habitat at Beijing Zoo. Gain fascinating insight into the prosperous past and present of China’s capital from a knowledgeable guide and capture fantastic photographs of the city sights during each leisurely stop.
  • Full-day tour to Lama Temple, Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo giant panda exhibit, from central Beijing
  • Marvel at the intricacies of Lama Temple, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temples outside of Tibet
  • See the massive Maitreya Buddha statue that stands in one of Lama Temple’s five halls
  • Snap photos of the uber cute giant pandas at Beijing Zoo
  • Walk around the grounds of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace
  • Watch a short demonstration on making silk at Tianhou Silk Market
  • Includes knowledgeable guide, lunch, transportation, entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off
Depart from your centrally located Beijing hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and venture to the first of your historical highlights, the Lama Temple. Hailed as one of the city’s most famous monasteries, the temple boasts five opulent halls replete with colorful carvings, sacred objects and detailed murals. Follow your guide through the impressive labyrinth and learn about the cultural significance of the enormous Maitreya Buddha, a statue that stands 18 meters above ground. 

Next, venture to Beijing Zoo to see its adorable giant pandas. Watch the majestic mammals in a replication of their natural habitat as they munch on bamboo and lounge lazily in the large enclosure. After observing the cute pandas, revitalize with a traditional Chinese lunch and prepare for your next destination. 

Sated, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace to marvel at the regal resplendence of the structure, Hear about how the palace was completely rebuilt after destruction by foreign armies and tour the opulent grounds to see decorated temples, picturesque pavilions, quaint bridges and verdant gardens. 

Conclude your cultural exploration at the Tianhou Silk Market, a vibrant enclave in which a brief silk demonstration is performed. Purchase some sumptuous silk if you please then return to your Beijing hotel in your comfortable vehicle.

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J
, Sep 2018

Mr. Lee took us to the Summer Palace and Panda Garden, that was all good. After that he took us to a silk showroom. At the showroom Mr. Lee encourages us to buy things obviously because he gets a cut of whatever we buy. This was followed by a pearl showroom, where again he is encouraging us to buy things. When you don't buy something he comes up to you and encourages you to go look more closely at all the things they sell. After this we were supposed to go to the Lama Temple, but he then suggested that we instead should go to the Temple of Heaven. The reason for this is that he has an arrangement with a tea store right outside of the Temple of Heaven. There they will make you tea and show you how tea should be drank and prepared. After this he encourages you to buy things. After this he took us to a foot massage place for $3 foot massages, they also offer medications they you "need" based on a pulse reading. These medications cost $120. During the tour he tells you about how sick his mother is and how expensive is to care for her and that he watches after her when he is not working. This we felt was done on his part as to not make us upset that he tries to make extra money off of us. We felt that it was unprofessional for him to include and exclude things that were not on the agenda. In addition, we didn't like the pressure he put on us to buy things.

C
, Aug 2018

We enjoyed this tour a lot. Summer Palace is beautiful and the Lama Temple is fascinating. We paid extra to do the boat entry and I thought it added something. But advised that the title is misleading. You tour through the grounds of the Summer Palace. You don't go into anything. If you are looking to really get into the Summer Palace, this isn't your tour.

But all and all it was fun and our guide did a very nice job. I enjoyed it.

J
, Apr 2018

It was great to see the panda's, Lama Temple and Summer Palace, but you also go to a silk and pearl factory, which aren't factories at all. They are just stores which they aggressively try to sell you things. Also, if they offer the boat tour to the summer palace for 140 yuan, I would pass, it's nothing really exciting about it.

J
, Mar 2018

This was a very good tour to get a feel for a Beijing first visit. Great guide, very well organized. The Panda's were awesome. Great value for the price.

S
, Dec 2017

It was nice and fun. Explored some highlights of Beijing with an informative tourguide. I really enjoyed it

C
, Dec 2017

Great day out

G
, Dec 2017

it was worth every penny we spent. left well equipped with knowledge about Beijing history , our guide was amazing and he explained everything in details he made the tour fun with he speaks very good english, he knows all stories about ancient Beijing.
William our guide you are the best.....
we cant wait to come back for another tour with you.

C
, Oct 2017

This tour was amazing!

S
, Oct 2017

Great day! Marie was a good tour guide. I would suggest the tour company change the lunch location as it was sub par and a bit gross as compared to the lunch for the Forbidden City/Great Wall tour.

L
, Oct 2017

Tour was nice. Guide was incredible. It was very fast so adding at least an hour would help in slowing the pace.


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