Code: BJ-T01

Beijing 1-Day Tour: Wandering around Tiananmen Square

Tour Route: National Museum of China - Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Jingshan Park
Tiananmen Square
This 1-day independent Beijing tour will guide you to the city center and it will start with the National Museum of China. To get there, you can take Beijing subway line 1 and get off at Tiananmen East Station; leave from either Exit C or D and you will be at the gate of the museum. Alternatively, public buses 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 99, and 120 can access the museum as well.

There are 48 exhibition halls in the National Museum of China with more than one million national treasures discovered throughout the country on display, such as bronze ware, terracotta figures, porcelain, silk fabrics, and coins. Wandering in this museum and enjoying precious exhibits is like reading a vivid book which demonstrates the splendid Chinese history from the Prehistoric Times to recent years.

The National Museum of China is free to enter but you still need to get an entry ticket using your passport. You should notice that the museum is closed on Monday. Generally, there will be many tourists lining up for the tickets, so you are suggested to arrive there early in the morning. Visitors are allowed to take pictures of some exhibits but remember not to use flashlight, selfie sticks, or tripods.
Forbidden City
You are advised to spend 2 hours there and then take a walk around the Tiananmen Square on its west. It is the world's largest urban square which can contain one million people at a time. Tiananmen Square has witnessed many important historical and political events and it is usually the first sight of most backpacking travelers' Beijing tour. You can also have a view of the Monument to People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao distributed on the square.

When the Tiananmen Square tour is over, you may walk through the Tiananmen Tower which is on the north side of the Chang'an Street, to reach the entrance of the Forbidden City, another highlight of this independent Beijing tour. It used to be the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), housing nearly 10,000 rooms in total. Before entry, you are suggested to rent an audio guide at the tourist center near the entrance and each device charges CNY40.

After around 3 hours' visit, get out from the Gate of Divine Prowess, the northern gate of the Forbidden City, and go across the Jingshan Front Street to enter the Jingshan Park from its southern gate. In sunny days, standing at the top of the hill inside the park, backpackers can have a full view of the Forbidden City and also take fabulous shots of this imperial palace.
The whole day's Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City tour comes to an end at this point. Still get out of the park from its southern gate and then walk westwards to take bus 58, 101, 103, 109, 124, or 128 for leaving. Alternatively, you can also hail a taxi to go directly to your hotel to have a good rest.

 Recommended Guided Tours: 
    Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person

 Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours:
    Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace: admire the elegance of ancient Chinese royal architecture
    Yunju Temple & Shidu: one day to Yunju Temple and Ten Ferries (Shidu) Scenic Area
    Cuandixia & Shuangshitou Village: visit Cuandixia Village and Shuangshitou Village in the suburb of Beijing

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