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Delve into the rich historical heritage of China’s capital city on a full-day sightseeing tour of Beijing. Accompanied by a private guide, discover legendary landmarks like the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square while gaining insight into the city’s past. Admire the verdant splendor of Jingshan Park; weave your way down narrow alleys know as ‘hutongs’; and take a rickshaw ride to a local home to indulge in a delicious Chinese meal. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour and enjoy a comprehensive experience of Beijing. 

Highlights

  • Private, guided sightseeing tour of Beijing's Imperial City
  • Walk around Tiananmen Square, Beijing's cultural center, and see sights like the Great Hall of the People
  • Marvel at the Forbidden City's impressive traditional Chinese architecture
  • Walk around Jingshan Park and enjoy aerial views of the Forbidden City
  • Visit a Beijing hutong and learn about the daily lives of Beijing locals
  • Enjoy a delectable home-cooked Chinese lunch at a local family's home
  • Your own private guide ensures a more personalized experience
  • Our private tour provides an authentic Beijing experience with a fully customizable itinerary based solely on your personal interests

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What You Can Expect

Imperial Beijing Private Tour: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park with Lunch

Rickshaw Ride along Beijing Hutong

Greet your private guide at your Beijing hotel and stroll to Tiananmen Square, a revered area home to legendary landmarks like the Great Hall of the People, the Tiananmen Tower, and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. Spend some leisurely time learning about the rich history of the complex and capture pictures of the iconic Forbidden City looming in the background. 

Next, venture to the Forbidden City to see the pivotal political center up close. Take a guided tour of the imperial palace’s majestic halls and gorgeous gardens and admire elaborate Chinese landscaping. Stroll through the north gate to the verdant splendor of Jingshan Park and gaze at unrivalled views of the Forbidden City and its colossal Bell and Drum Towers while inhaling the scent of sweet peonies. 

Please note, on Mondays, the Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace will be substituted for the Forbidden City as it is closed. 

Next, follow your guide to a traditional Beijing hutong, a narrow alleyway lined with courtyard residences. Climb into a rickshaw and see the energetic lives of locals as you ride through the ancient streets, listening to tales of tradition and culture from your guide. Then, ascend the Drum Tower to see an impressive array of drums and listen to a melodious drum performance before returning to ground. 

Appease your appetite with an authentic Chinese lunch served by a hutong-dwelling family and learn how to wrap dumplings. Revitalized, learn indigenous Chinese activities like paper cutting and calligraphy and then conclude your tour in this vibrant area. 

Customer Reviews

claire USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

My client loved this trip. Was very impressed and would recommend it to others,.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

I would like to thank Cris and Tina for the excellent guiding. I enjoyed the day with both very nice ladies! They did a very good job!

Pearl L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We had a wonderful time at Beijing. My family of 5 ranged between 70+ and 9+, so our interest areas were wide. This tour exceeded our expectations as it combined the beautiful culture, scenary, history and people for our family members. We got to experience an every day life of an emperor and of a chinese citizen. It was great to see combination of history and modern bustles all in one place. Our guides were very accommodating to our needs and encouraged us on throughout the day, so that we dont miss interesting events and sights. Our tour guilde started even before we arrived in Bejing as I had a billion questions for my tour guide, who in return, answered them patiently and truthfully :). Highly recommeded to go with private tours!

Bing USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

5 stars tour and 5 stars guide! Thank you Viator!

Jacquelyn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

This was a fabulous tour. We did so much more than the title indicates. We had a home cooked meal in a local home, private paper cutting and calligraphy demonstrations, trip to the drum town and more. We had two guides, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both were fun, informative, and engaging. I HIGHLY recommend this tour.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Great deep dive into Beijing's history and culture. An unforgettable experience!

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Throughout my two week trip in China, I was most looking forward to the historical side of Beijing, primarily Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. I had learned a lot about China's history and it had always fascinated me. I truly wanted a private experience (where I could pester the guide with tons of questions) and this tour delivered! My guide was an expert on all things China and answered all my questions and gave me more insight than I had expected to receive. All at such a great price too!

Lawrence L

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

This was an excellent tour for a visitor with limited time. The guides were very knowledgable and helpful. After Jingshan Park, be sure to leave plenty of time to return to a downtown hotel as many cans are full and empty cabs goint the opposite direction will not turn around for you.

Anna Marie M

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

While we enjoyed the tour I did think the morning felt a bit rushed... the 'Tiananmen Square' piece of the tour was literally just standing in the middle of the square and looking around us, I thought there would have been a bit more to it. Jingshan Park was beautiful, I wish more time was given here. As there were only the two of us on the tour it was a little harder to have any time to sit, take a break from all the walking or just to enjoy the locations you were visiting. Our guide was lovely though and after a few days in Beijing we had loads of questions for her which she happily answered! She showed us how to follow the Subway system also which was really helpful to us over the next few days.
If you do the tea ceremony though, maybe be a little wiser than us and ask for the price first before taking part. Afterwards the price seemed to vary depending on how much we spent buying the teas...
The afternoon was brilliant, we really enjoyed the hutong tour and lunch in a local's house. It was just a very different experience and the food was yum :)

Daniel D

4 star rating: Recommended October 2013

The tour was basic and I could have done the first half myself. The second half was excellent mainly because of the guide (Daniel). My conversations with him were the highlight of the tour.

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