Code: BJ61

2-Day Beijing Independent Tour

Day 1 Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Temple of Heaven

Stop 1: Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is the world's largest urban square with solemn buildings of Tiananmen Tower, Monument to People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and so on. It’s free to enter after the security check.

How to get there:
It can be reached through Tiananmen East Station of subway line 1. Comparing with Tiananmen West Station, Tiananmen East Station is closer to the square. Get out from the exit D, and walk west for around 250 meters (270 yards), you will be at the entrance of Tiananmen Square. Or, you can take bus 1, 2, 52, 82, 120, or sightseeing bus line 1 or 2 to Tiananmen East.
Forbidden City

Stop 2: Forbidden City

As the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), it houses nearly 10,000 rooms in total. You are recommended to spend around 3 hours visiting buildings along the central axis. Please note that this imperial complex is closed on Monday.

How to get there:
Walking through the Tiananmen Tower at the northern end of the Tiananmen Square, you will reach the entrance of the Forbidden City immediately.

How to enter:
Book the ticket via Forbidden City’s official website, its WeChat account or the TravelChinaGuide website in advance, taking CNY 60 from Apr. to Oct. and CNY 40 from Nov. to Mar. next year.  After, enter with your passport.

Notes: To visit the palaces on the central axis only, you need 2-3 hours. If you have more time, you can visit those on the west or east wings as well, which requires half a day in total.

Stop 3: Temple of Heaven

This place used to be the holy site in old times for emperors to worship ancestors and gods, as well as pray for peace and good harvest for their people. Besides admiring splendid palaces and altar, you can also have a chance to immerse in the leisurely life of the senior Beijingers inside the Temple of Heaven. The park there always gathers many citizens chatting, playing chess, practicing Tai Chi and Beijing Opera.

How to get there:
Get out of the Forbidden City from the northern gate, Gate of Divine Prowess, and then take bus no. 128 from Shenwumen Stop on the west side. Once getting off at Fahuasi Stop, walk southwards for 230 meters (250 yards) to enter the Temple of Heaven from its eastern gate.

How to enter:
After booking the ticket though its official WeChat account beforehand, you can enter the park with your passport. The admission ticket charges CNY 15/10 in the peak/low season. Inside, Altar of Prayer for Good Harvests and Divine Music Administration require a separate entry ticket respectively. The former charges CNY20 and the latter CNY10. Circular Mound Altar shares the same ticket with Altar of Prayer for Good Harvests. As for the combo ticket, it’s CNY 34/28 per one for the peak/low season.

Notes: Although Temple of Heaven would be closed at 22:00, the attractions inside would be closed much earlier, at 17:00/18:00 during different seasons. Meanwhile, some attractions inside are closed on Mondays.

How to leave:
1. Take a taxi back to your hotel and have a good rest for the next day's tour.
2. To take the subway, you should still go out from the east gate, and Tiantan East Gate Station is just outside. Subway line 5 is available there.
Day 2 Badaling Great Wall
Great Wall at Badaling
For today's tour, we recommend you spend the whole day admiring Badaling Great Wall, which is the most famous section of the Great Wall of China.

How to get there:
By bus 877:
You are recommended to take the direct bus no. 877 from the north of the Deshengmen Arrow Tower to Badaling Great Wall in 1-1.5 hour, costing CNY12 per person. The last bus 877 departs at 12:30.
To reach Deshengmen, please take subway line 2 to Jishuitan Station; get out from Exit B2 and the Arrow Tower is 600 meters (660 yards) east of you. Alternatively, buses 5, 27, 55, 135, 143, 380, 409, 625, 872 and 919 also stop by Deshengmen in the midway.

By high speed train:
More than 10 high speed trains run to Badaling Great Wall. You can get to the departure station- Qinghe Railway Station by subway line 13, and spend only 19 minutes on the high speed train to reach the Badaling Great Wall. CNY 20-25 is needed for a second class seat.

By S2 train:
The S2 train departing from Huangtudian Railway Station will take you to Badaling Great Wall as well, taking around one hour and the ticket fare of CNY6. Reaching Badaling Railway Station, you can walk southeast for about 1km (1,100 yards) to the Great Wall. 
To Huangtudian Railway Station, you can take the subway line 8 or line 13 to Huoying Station. Get out from Exit G4 and then walk east for about 360 meters (400 yards) to the railway station.

Built along rolling mountains, some segments of the Great Wall can be very steep, making the climbing a little challenging. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring mountaineering equipment if necessary. Since ascending the Great Wall will consume much of your energy, before you set out, please pack some chocolate bars, snacks, and bottled water for energy-replenishing, as few vendor can be found along the wall.

How to get back to downtown:
When the visit is over, reverse the trip back to downtown Beijing. You should notice that, from Badaling, the last return bus 877 departs at 17:00 during Apr. 1 - Nov. 15 and at 16:30 between Nov. 16 and Mar. 31; the last high speed train departs at 19:58, and the last S2 train departs at 18:18.
This 2-day Beijing independent tour comes to an end at this point. If you still want to further explore this city, you can refer to our other Beijing independent tours. If you plan to head for other destinations, please feel free to contact us for flight/train tickets booking.

 More Independent Beijing 2 Days Tours:
    Shanhaiguan & Beidaihe: know about the history of Shanhaiguan and relax at Beidaihe seaside
    Jinshanling Great Wall: set out an exciting hiking on well-perserved Jinshanling Great Wall
    Huanghuacheng Great Wall: enjoy the unique landscape of "the Great Wall in water"

Questions & Answers
Asked by Ivea from CANADA | Feb. 03, 2019 23:04Reply
How do we get, quickest way, to Beijing West Train Station from Badaling Great Wall, please? Thanks.
Our train tickets got moved from late night sleeper to mid-afternoon, cutting off our time at Badaling Great Wall. We plan on going in the morning, but the train leaves the West Station at 3:29 PM. So how soon do we need to leave Badaling in order to make it in time for the train to Pingyao? And what trains/buses or a taxi should we use? Thank you very much.
Answers (1)
Answered by Karolina | Feb. 10, 2019 18:54

If you still choose this half day to visit the Badaling Great Wall, I kindly suggest you take a private tour with private guide and driver to save more time on the road. Or if you would like to travel on your own, you should get to the Great Wall earlier and leave enough time to the railway station. The journey from Badaling Great Wall to Beijing West Railway Station is about 63 kilometers and the whole journey takes about 140 minutes. You may take the Bus No. 877 the earliest one from Badaling at 11:00 am to Deshengmen Station and walk to Jishuitan subway station to take Subway Line 2 going through one station and getting off at Xizhimen Station. Then you transfer to the Subway Line 4 to the National Library Station. Finally you should take Subway Line 9 to Beijing West Railway Station. Considering about the time cost on the road and there must be very rushed of your Great Wall trip. Or you can charter a car /taxi in advance but the traffic in Beijing is usually heavy.
Asked by JC from USA | Sep. 16, 2016 15:33Reply
Badaling Great Wall or Mutianyu
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Answered by Angela | Sep. 17, 2016 20:15

Hi, Badaling and Mutianyu Great Wall are all very popular among tourists. If this is your first time to come to China, Badaling is recommended as it is the most visited section. However, if your stay just during the holidays or you can not climb too much steps, then you may consider visiting the Mutianyu section. It is less crowded with gentle slope. Moreover, the cable car and toboggan make your visit easier.
Asked by JC from USA | Sep. 16, 2016 15:29Reply
Why tour with you is better than self exploration?
I have been to Beijing many years ago. Now I want to go again. Could you explain why tour with you is better than I go by myself. Advantage and disadvantage, etc...
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Sep. 19, 2016 20:16

We are a leading online tour operator offering various choices of travel plans for tourists from all over the world. Our professional travel consultants are ready to help you to tailor-make the itinerary according to your own need. Beijing is a city full of cultural relics and profound history, it is helpful to understand the historical places better with our English-speaking guides' company. Besides, our excellent service will make you feel at ease all the time. Thank you.
Asked by Lea from PHILIPPINES | May. 05, 2016 07:29Reply
Nearest Hutong
please recommend a near Hutongs where we can pay a quick visit? we will be travelling with a group :( and would really like to squeeze Hutongs in our itinerary.. we will be staying in Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven.. thank you for your answer! :)
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Answered by sharon | May. 06, 2016 02:26

hi, the most distinctive hutongs are a little bit far from your hotel, but the subway is very convenient to reach the hutongs from your hotel. You can also take taxi to the Hutongs. Most of them may take 20-40 minutes. I suggest the Nanluogu Xiang and Yandai Xiejie hutongs for you.
Answered by Lea from PHILIPPINES | May. 15, 2016 04:08

Thank you for your helpful response! :) Off topic, would you know if money changers around Beijing trades Philippine Peso to Yuan? Thanks again.
Answered by sharon | May. 15, 2016 21:03

You can exchange Philippine Peso to Yuan in Bank of China.
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