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

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Get to know Beijing and its amazing history by visiting three of the city's most impressive historic attractions: Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Beijing is an enormous city of nearly 15 million people, with one of the oldest cultures on earth.
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  • Min price: $56.99
  • Recommended duration of visit: 7 hours
  • Departure Point: Tour departs from Beijing city hotels

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    • Instant Confirmation
    • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
    • All entrance fees included
    • Lunch included
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Operates: Monday, Wednesday, Sunday
  • Inclusions:
    • Professional guide
    • Lunch
    • Entrance fees
    • Transport by air-conditioned coach
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Cruise port pickup and drop off
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Departure Info: Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Return Details: Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviews

  • 5
    - 26 January 2018 -

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

  • 5
    - 25 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
    - 24 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.

  • 1
    - 21 June 2017 -

    I have just completed the Beijing Historical Tour and was extremely disappointed. I would absolutely advise you not to book this tour. The tour guide gave us only about 10 minutes in Tianmen square and simply pointed out the various building - with no mention of the cultural revolution. Nor did we get the opportunity to walk around the square- this was by no means a comprehensive tour of the square. The tour of the forbidden city was also disappointing as we spend only 90 minutes there all tour books and guides suggest a minimum of 2-3 hours - for the central route alone!!!!, we were only taken on the central route, I would have thought that a tour where this was the main draw card would at least have taken a more comprehensive route and tour of the renown attraction. Then we were taken to the Silk factory, which was more like a shopping trip than an informative part of the tour - we were there for over 2 hours, much longer than we spent at the Forbidden City, this is completely unacceptable. After lunch we were taken to yet another shopping stop neither of these were mentioned in the description. The final place was the temple of heaven - we were given less than half an hour here and did not get the opportunity to explore the rest of the extensive grounds and gardens. Further it was promised that there would be a traditional tea that we would participate in- this was not mentioned by the guide and absolutely did not happen. This was an absolute disappointment of a tour and completely not worth the value paid for, I would strongly discourage anyone from joining

  • 4
    - 10 June 2017 -

    Very good tour

  • 3
    - 03 June 2017 -

    The tour was good but a bit rushed.

  • 5
    - 21 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
    - 04 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.

  • 4
    - 14 February 2017 -

    I enjoyed this tour and our guide was informative too. It was a worthwhile experience for me and what I had expected.

  • 5
    - 30 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.

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Things to Do in this tour

Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace, which is now a museum. The palace was a home to different dynasties of Chinese Еmpire between 1420 and 1912. There are over 980 buildings in the area of 72 hectares. The buildings are examples of traditional Chinese architecture.

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is an ensemble of religious buildings, situated in Beijing. The temple is also called Tiantan Park. It was a place, were the emporors and the royals gather every year to pray to Heaven for a good luck and happiness. The temple was built in 15th century.

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

The Temple of Heaven (Chinese: 天壇; pinyin: Tiāntán) is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been...

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