• Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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Discover the magnificent monuments and cultural highlights of Beijing on a full-day private tour of the city. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, visit impressive landmarks like Tiananmen Square and absorb the ancient majesty of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites like the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. Satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a locally prepared Chinese lunch and join locals in ancient customs like tai chi. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of a tailored itinerary and receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour.

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour of Beijing with an expert English-speaking guide
  • Walk around Tiananmen Square and hear about its historical and cultural significance
  • Visit two architecturally impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven
  • Interact with locals and join afternoon activities like tai chi
  • Delight in a traditional lunch of Chinese specialties
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off with private air-conditioned transport included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven in Beijing

The Forbidden City in Beijing

Depart from your Beijing hotel in a spacious, private vehicle and travel direct to Tiananmen Square, an ancient site shrouded in legend and culture. Stroll through the square and listen to compelling commentary offered by your guide; learn about notable landmarks like the Chairman Mao Memorial and the Great Hall of the People as you explore.  

Next, venture to the Forbidden City to absorb the imperial majesty of the Chinese palace. Hear of how the building functions as both a political and ceremonial center, then delve into the intriguing exhibits of the Palace Museum to admire an epic collection of artwork dating back to the Ming Dynasty. 

Please note that the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays, when the Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace will be substituted instead. 

After thorough exploration of the site, return to your minivan and travel to a rustic restaurant to revitalize with an authentic Chinese lunch. Venture next to the Temple of Heaven, another UNESCO-listed site that boasts the largest complex of sacrificial buildings in China. Stroll through the temple to the impressive prayer halls and join locals as they practice tai chi.

When your tour concludes, relax during the journey back to Beijing and bid your guide farewell at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Susan Love B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

My daughter and I were lucky enough to have Allison as our tour guide. She met us in the lobby of our hotel. She explained how the day's tour would go, how long it would take to get to our first destination, and what would follow. She had an impressive knowledge of Chinese history, especially when it came to all of the different parts of the Forbidden City, suggesting places for photos and taking photos of my daughter and me together. She was also very knowledgeable about the Temple of Heaven. We really enjoyed this tour and eating at a local restaurant. This was a day well spent.

darrenlorenz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our guide was Torry and we cant recommend her enough. We had a fantastic time and she was very knowledgeable and also very supportive of us with our toddler who could be a bit of a handful at times! We learnt alot from Torry and I hope we can tour with her again in the future in Beijing!

J. RC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

What an amazing day. Our guide was Torry, PLEASE ask for Torry. One of the bests we've had. It was like hanging out with a friend. Very informative, she took care of us very nicely. We could see the places, even if very crowded, in a very organized way. Highly recommended!

Harini R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our visit to the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and T-Square was a great experience, much thanks to our guide Torry! She really gave us context to the places we were visiting, the history behind it and the struggles of ancient China that help carve these buildings into what we see today. Torry was so energetic, charismatic and so helpful not only during our day-trip but even the days following she provided us with go-to locations and even sent screenshots of the metro system, explaining which lines we should take. She was absolutely amazing and highly recommend her service!

Kevon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Torry is a true ambassador not only for Beijing, but also for China. I took the Tiananman Square, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven Day tour with Torry and it was absolutely outstanding! She greeted me in the lobby of the hotel with a huge smile and the entire tour she was outgoing, friendly, professional, and a great guide. She takes pride in what she does and she wants everyone thats on her tour to truly understand Chinese history, Feng Shui building, the significance of colors, the royalty and the various dynasties, and how all of that plays a role in China today. The place she picked out for lunch was beyond amazing and I was the only Westerner in the restaurant, which tells me its authentic and where all of the locals go. The driver was also very professional and nice and I never felt unsafe as he drove through the crazy Beijing traffic. If you come to Beijing, make sure you tour with Torry. You will not regret it!!

LARRY G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fantastic tour. Dean was a excellent guide with tremendous amount of knowledge.

Rositsa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was our best tour in Beijing and probably the best tour during our trip in China thanks to our guide Torry. She was extremely warm, friendly and knowledgeable. She definitely made us fall in love with China, chinese people, the rich and ancient culture and the delicious food. Towards the end of the day it was obvious she exceeded all our expectations because of the incredible experience she created just for us! Torry, if you read this you are our best guide ever! Words will never be enough to express our gratitude!!!

kwdunsavage

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I quickly followed up my first Viator tour in Beijing with this one. Allison was a great tour guide and walked me through all of the detailed history about each of the sites we were seeing. This was a great tour and I really loved having my own tour guide and driver so I didn't have to worry about getting around or trying to figure out what was best to see during the day. Saw ton of things and learning a ton. Highly recommended!

Ken G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very enjoyable and saw everything we expected to see, our guide was very knowledgeable on the history of Beijing. Highly recommend.

Sean R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a great way to see some of the most famous sites in Beijing. There are lots of tours to these sites, but the real difference was our guide, Torry. She was absolutely fantastic. She went above and beyond what is expected of a tour guide. She brought us to a great local restaurant and ordered lunch for us. She took us to the pearl market and helped us barter with the vendors. She even arranged for a driver to take us to the airport. We felt like we had met up with an old friend who showed us around the city and really took care of us. Thanks again Torry!

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