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Beijing 1-Day Tour: Wandering around Tiananmen Square

Tour Route: National Museum of China - Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Jingshan Park
Stop 1: National Museum of China
National Museum of China
National Museum of China
This tour will start with the National Museum of China, in the city center. There are more than one million national treasures of all ages discovered throughout the country on display. You are advised to spend 2 hours there.

1. You should notice that the museum is closed on Monday, unless it’s the legal holiday.
2. Visitors are allowed to take pictures of some exhibits but remember not to use flashlight, selfie sticks, or tripods.

How to get there:
By subway:
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 north gate of the museum.

By bus:
Alternatively, public buses 1, 2, 52, 82, 120, Sightseeing buses line 1 and line 2 can access the museum as well. The nearest bus stop is also at Tiananmen East.

How to enter:
National Museum of China is free to enter but you need to book the ticket in advance on its official website or WeChat account 1-7 days prior to the visit with your passport number. On the visit day, you need to show your real-time health code and passport to enter.
Stop 2: Tian’anmen Square
Tian’anmen Square is on the west side of National Museum of China. It is the world's largest urban square with the Monument to People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao distributed on.

How to enter:
No ticket, but the entry requires security check.
Tian'anmen Square
Forbidden City
Stop 3: Forbidden City
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 in English at the tourist center near the entrance and each device charges CNY40.

How to get there:
It’s at the north side of Tian’anmen Square. You may walk northward and go through the Tian’anmen Tower, to reach the entrance of the Forbidden City, taking about 15 minutes’ walk in total.

How to enter:
Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. You need to book the ticket via the official website or WeChat account beforehand, or you can also book the ticket through our website TravelChinaGuide. The ticket price is CNY40/CNY60 per person in the low/peak season. Remember to bring your passport and health code when getting into the Forbidden City.

How to visit:
Generally visitors will go along the central axis, asking 2-3 hours. If enough time, you can visit the west and east wings as well; in this way, you may spend half day there. Watch the time, for you have to leave before 17:00 during Apr. to Oct., and 16:30 during Nov. to Mar.

How to leave:
After the visit, get out from the Gate of Divine Prowess, the northern gate of the Forbidden City.
Stop 4: Jingshan Park
A Full-View of Forbidden City from Jingshan Park
In sunny days, standing at the top of the Jingshan Hill inside the park, one can have a full view of the Forbidden City and also take fabulous shots of this imperial palace.

How to get there:
Jingshan Park is just opposite the northern gate of the Forbidden City across the street, so you can walk there and enter from its southern gate.

How to enter:
To book the ticket of Jingshan Park, you should dial the special telephone line of the park during the day from 09:00 to 16:00; the phone number is 010-64038098. Get the ticket with your passport at the service window at the southern gate. The closing time of Jingshan Park is at 20:00 from Nov. to Mar. or 21:00 in the other months.

How to leave:
Still get out of the park from its southern gate and then walk westwards for about 140m (150yd) in 2 minutes, you will find the bus stop, and take bus 58, 101, 103, 109, 124, 128, Sightseeing Bus line 1, line 2 or line 3 for leaving.

From the northern gate, you may walk westwards for a few minutes to the bus stop Jingshan Houjie (Jingshan Back Street), and take bus 5 or 58 there.

From the east gate, you’ll see the bus stop Jingshan Dongmen (Jingshan East Gate) right there. The bus 58, 111, 124 or Sightseeing Bus Line 3 can be caught.

Out of the west gate, you may get on the bus 5 as well, at the Xibanqiao bus stop across the street.

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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