BJ01-03: Imperial Life Exploration

Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Temple of Heaven - Summer Palace
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In the morning, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel at around 09:00 to start this 1 day Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven tour. After a warm greeting, you will be transferred to the Tiananmen Square to take great photos of the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to People's Heroes, and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao. Then, you will be led to go across the Tiananmen Tower to visit the Forbidden City, where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 - 1911) lived and handled national affairs. Lunch is not arranged by us. We kindly suggest you have a big breakfast at your hotel and take some snacks. Or you may ask your guide for some recommended restaurants nearby.

In the afternoon, we will continue our private trip in Beijing to the Temple of Heaven - a place for national sacrificial rituals in old times and the Summer Palace - the royal resort during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). After that, this 1-day Beijing tour package ends as our guide and driver will deliver you back to your hotel. 

Meals: No meals, advice freely available
Tiananmen Square
Our clients visiting the Summer Palace
Tour Highlights
Tiananmen Square
The Tiananmen Square is seated in the center of Beijing City. During the past hundreds of years, it has witnessed numerous historical events and assemblies. Nowadays, it becomes a holding place for grand celebrations, military parades, and welcoming ceremonies for foreign leaders. Besides, visitors can admire the towering Monument to People's Heroes and the solemn Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao on the square. Traditional Tiananmen Tower, Zhengyang Gate and Qianmen Arrow Tower can also be found there.
Forbidden City
Served as the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City is the largest and the best-preserved old wooden complex in the world. The whole palace is divided into Inner Court and Outer Court by the Palace of Heavenly Purity with the outer one for emperors to handle affairs and the inner one as the living place for the imperial family. The complex is also a giant museum with more than one million national treasures exhibited there.
Appreciate the imperial buildings at the Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was a holy place during the Ming and Qing dynasties, where emperors held national sacrificial ceremonies to pray for good weather for crops. Besides visiting the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Circular Mound Altar inside, there are exhibition rooms with various vessels, chimes, paintings and documents on display, introducing the evolution of the ancient worshipping rituals and sacrificial dance. One can also see scenes of local people doing various exercises and entertainments in the surrounding park.
Our clients at the Temple of Heaven
Local retired people playing music
Summer Palace
Different from the mentioned imposing imperial buildings, the Summer Palace, as the recreational resort for the royal family, can offer you a relaxing feeling. With the company of our guide, you will take a leisure walk around the Kunming Lake and visit surrounding elegant buildings, such as Long Gallery, Marble Boat, and Seventeen-Arch Bridge. Among them, the Long Gallery at the northern bank of the lake will highlight your trip with more than 14,000 painted stories on the beams.
Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace
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Price Includes
  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
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  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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    4.713 Reviews
    Posted on June 15, 2020
    A fantastic Beijing day tour to Forbidden City. Thank our guide Sara for her excellent service. Sara was dedicated and tried her best to meet our needs and answer our questions patiently. She also organized the itinerary orderly. After explaining the scenic spots, she gave us enough time to explore on our own and take photos. We visited the most important attractions including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace so we were not surprised to see so many tourists at these scenic spots. ... More
    Levati Johnstone
    Posted on May 25, 2020
    I remembered that when we set up our trip the weather was very clear. Candy was our guide who organized the whole Beijing day trip very well. We all had a wonderful experience because of the time- and energy-saving tour route. The Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven along with the informative explanations were quite impressive. We all thought that the time passed so fast. We will certainly take an in-depth Beijing tour with Candy next time.
    Posted on April 27, 2020
    The one-day itinerary of the Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven tour with Summer Palace was a pleasing experience of Beijing trip! This route is worth choosing and you guys won’t be disappointed!
    Anne Driss
    Posted on February 08, 2020
    I was very pleased with the Beijing day tour to Forbidden City. Each point of the trip was arranged well from the pick-up time, the itinerary, and the amount of visiting and rest time. We barely waited in line as we staggered the rush hours. The interpretation delivered by our guide was very interesting. Our driver was also fantastic, he drove safely and we felt comfortable with his driving. Besides, it was very lucky to see the snow in Beijing.
    Hamel Nave
    Posted on January 07, 2020
    The Beijing day tour was very relaxed and pleasant. Our guide Tina spoke English well and had good knowledge regarding the attractions. We all like him very much! This tour let us know more about Beijing as well as the customs and culture. I hope your company will continue to provide excellent services and I will use your company again.
    Kelley Mars
    Posted on December 10, 2019
    Our Beijing day tour to Forbidden City was wonderful. Our guide Lily was also outstanding. We’d like to pass on our greatest compliments to her professionalism and ability. Her guide and service added more fun to this trip. All the attractions were so grand that were beyond our expectations. A really enjoyable trip!
    Roger J
    New Zealand
    Posted on November 12, 2019
    The guide was responsible and extremely friendly in attitude. With a well-arranged itinerary, our Beijing day trip ran smoothly and joyfully. The guide offered excellent interpretations and thoughtful service. Thanks for all the good service provided by TCG. I am happy to recommend it to you!
    Debra Echoles
    Posted on October 15, 2019
    Our one day Beijing mini group tour ran successfully and happily. Our guide Tina was enthusiastic, humorous and professional. She took good care of us on the whole journey. The Temple of Heaven impressed me most. From the excellent interpretations of Tina, we learned the history of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and knew many about the sacrificial culture of ancient China. This building was built with red walls and blue glazed tiles, very grand and splendid! Overall, it was a wonderful tour! 5 stars!!! ... More
    Anthony Nguyen
    Posted on September 16, 2019
    The 1 day Beijing city tour was very convenient and wonderful. With everything well arranged, our guide Tina provided comprehensive and excellent service, ensuring our relaxing and pleasant tour. She also recommended some delicious local food, economic and wonderful! The spots were extremely splendid and we knew many interesting stories and history about them from Tina. So satisfactory a day! I would certainly recommend this tour to my friends!
    Hannah Watson
    Posted on September 04, 2019
    We were very pleased with this Beijing day tour! The guide Sara treated us with great hospitality, with a reasonable schedule and thoughtful arrangement. Besides, our driver was courteous and friendly. Thanks for all the good service! TCG would be our first choice for the next tour!
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