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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

See some of Beijing’s natural and historical highlights on a full-day excursion to the sacred Lama Temple and Beijing Zoo. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich history of one of the world’s most significant Tibetan Buddhist monasteries; admire the intricate architecture of the Lama Temple and then venture to Beijing Zoo to see a diverse array of wildlife species. Observe endangered animals like the giant panda before visiting a magnificent museum to delve into Chinese architecture and agriculture from ancient times. 
  • Visit the Lama Temple, one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world
  • Visit the ancient altar built in 1420 AD
  • See a giant panda at the Beijing Zoo
  • Chinese style lunch
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Depart from your Beijing hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and venture to the sacred site of the Lama Temple, a former residence of royal court that is now considered one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. Listen as your knowledgeable guide recounts the 400-year history of the temple and stroll the tranquil gardens in search of incredible sculptures and revered Chinese art.
Next, head to Beijing Zoo to see one of China’s most treasured animals, the giant panda. Marvel at the endangered animals in realistic replicas of their natural habitat and gain insight into the mammals’ behavior and physiology from your expert guide. 
Revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch before travelling to an ancient 13th-century altar built to memorialize Shennong, an emperor who taught his subjects the art of agriculture. Venture within to see a museum that speaks eloquently of China’s important agricultural heritage and then return to your vehicle for the scenic journey back to Beijing. 

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J
, May 2018

Great tour to alternative attractions in Beijing. Love the Panda Garden! Interesting history lessons at the Lama Temple and Ancient Altar.

j
, Nov 2017

Very good tour, Pandas exhibit was quite large and viewed several pandas. Lama Temple experience was quite impressive as was ancient altar. This was a very relaxing and insightful experience. Tour guide was wonderful and lunch was large and delicious.

T
, Aug 2016

If museums are your thing I would recommend this tour. I found it a bit too slow a pace for myself and when it came time to see the Panda's, the time spent there seemed short. The tour guide was knowledgeable although a bit quiet at times.

C
, Jan 2016

A great tour with so much interesting information provided by our guide. Great seeing the Pandas. Restaurant we were taken to for lunch was also really good.

E
, Sep 2015

All good but did not enjoy the food.

M
, Apr 2015

William was lovely and a great tour guide, there was only myself, my mum and my niece were on this tour, so William really took the time to make sure that we saw as much as possible without being rushed, really relaxed day, well worth the money!

E
, Apr 2015

We've been to Beijing before and seen most of the high priority destinations. We had some spare time on this trip and found this tour which provided other things that we hadn't done. The guide, Maria, did an excellent job of taking us through a wonderful experience. The lunch at a small local Chinese restaurant was wonderful. The Zoo to see the Pandas was a wonderful experience.

A
, Aug 2014

Lovely places to see, we enjoyed seeing the pandas. We had extra time so our guide added the silk factory to our itinerary which was the great. Lunch was not very tasty...

J
, Jul 2014

Nice trip with very knowledgable guide who spoke excellent English. The attractions were refreshingly uncrowded when I visited and I was lucky enough to be the only person on the tour that day which meant a truly personalised experience!

V
, Jun 2014

What can I say...the pandas are too cute for words. Also saw beautiful peacocks and other exotics. The Tibetan Temple was awesome. Monks, nuns, and the faithful practicing their faith in a centuries old religious complex. A great day in Beijing.


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