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Beijing One Day Tours

BJ01: Beijing Private One Day Tours
Beijing is such a large metropolis with numerous places of interest to visit. What to do for a Beijing day tour? Here are 6 one-day packages all composed of the essence of our capital city. You can choose any of your preferred according to your interest.
Following this 1-day itinerary, you are going to ramble around the center of Beijing City to admire some majestic buildings around the Tiananmen Square and enjoy the precious antiques in the nearby National Museum of China. You can also have a close look at the luxury rooms of the Forbidden City and view the imperial palace complex from the hilltop of the Jingshan Park afterwards.
This independent Beijing day trip enables you to admire the elegance of ancient Chinese architecture and witness the essence of the imperial gardens in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Both Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace are top attractions of the city, and can be easily reached by subway.
A visit to the Great Wall is just like reading a national epic of China, for it represents a historical and cultural masterpiece of the country. Badaling Great Wall is one of the most complete and majestic sections, which is worthy your challenge. On the way back, you could drop at the Sacred Way leading to the Changling Mausoleum of the Ming Tombs Scenic Area.
This 1-day independent tour takes backpackers to the royal cultural relics of the old times. Visitors can not only visit the imperial Tibetan Buddhist temple, Yonghe Lamasery, but also have a better understanding of the traditional academic system by visiting the nearby Temple of Confucius and Imperial Academy. You can also ramble about old hutongs in Shichahai Area where many former mansions of royal princes are located.
This one-day independent Beijing trip not only makes you admire the historical relics in old Hutong area including Huguosi Street, Prince Gong’s Mansion, and Beihai Park, but also let you feel the rhythm of the modern metropolis by having a drink on Sanlitun Bar Street.
Retracing the 2008 Olympic sites allows independent travelers to feel the modern vigor of the city by visiting the National Stadium, National Aquatics Center and Olympic Forest Park. The 2022 Winter Olympic Games is also worth your anticipation and all the ice sport events will be held in these venues.
Following this Beijing day tour, visitors can admire buildings of both Muslim and Buddhism in Niujie Mosque and Fayuan Temple respectively. They can also wander among various traditional Chinese architectures in Taoranting Park and have a glimpse of calligraphy and paintings along Liulichang Cultural Street.
If you are interested in China's present-day architecture or art, you can discover the modern charm of Beijing by exploring the grand National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV Headquarters and the 798 Art Zone. This one day city trip is walking friendly, full of novelty and imagination.
For those who travel with children, it is highly suggested to follow this independent Beijing day tour. Along the way, you can see many lovely animals in the Zoo especially the adorable giant pandas. You can also delve into the underwater world in the Aquarium and even have a glimpse of animal world of remote times in Paleozoological Museum of China. Besides, the Planetarium is going to draw the mysterious universe in front of you. This is definitely going to be a fruitful trip!
This Beijing day trip to Cuandixia and Shuangshitou Villages will take you to visit traditional cottages of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911) to the northwest of downtown Beijing. To adapt to terrain, dwellings inside Cuandixia village were built on the hillside, and at Shuangshitou Village you can catch sight of a realm made up of stones.
For history funs, you could trace to war times of China in old battle site, and the Lugou Bridge in the city's southwest suburb would be a good destination. First built in 1189 of the Jin Dynasty, the bridge witnesses the beginning of the eight years' Sino-Japanese War during the Second World War. The adjoining Wanping City, a giant military fortress will also enrich your knowledge about Chinese warring history.
Questions & Answers
Asked by Chay from THAILAND | Sep. 08, 2018 16:54Reply
Main attraction and Great Wall
Hi,I will arrive at around 7am then go to the Ramada hotel. I am on a business trip so sightseeing is limited, maybe the day I arrive, after 4pm 2days, the half day before my flight back. Travelling time from aiport to the hotel, checking in, any tips on how can I maximize the day in visiting the main attractions like forbidden city, summer palace, tiananmen sq, and great wall? Should I dp the great wall first and do the others in the afternoon or the half day before my flight?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lilian | Sep. 10, 2018 20:55

Considering your limited time, I suggest you join a one-day tour including Forbidden City and Great Wall when you arrive the first day. Generally the check-in time of hotel is after 2 pm, so you can take a tour picking you up at the airport to start the day trip and then the guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.

For the next 2 days after 4 pm, you make use of these time to visit Tiananmen Square and appreciate night scene of the City. On the last half day you can go to Summer Palace if time permits. The opening time of Summer Palace is at 06:30 am so you may have an early start on that day to leave more time for sightseeing.

Asked by James Jung from US | Jul. 22, 2018 10:23Reply
English speaking or English signs at major transit stops?
Distance from PEK Airport exit to catch subway or transit to center city and cost?
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Answered by Barry | Jul. 22, 2018 17:52

Upon your arrival at PEK Capital International Airport, you can take the Airport Express at T2 or T3 to get to Dongzhimen station (the distance is around 28 km). The fare is CNY 25 per person. At Dongzhimen, transfer to Subway Line 2 or Line 13 which can take you to the main attractions at Beijing downtown.

There are English signs available at the airport and subway stations.
Asked by Chris J from ENGLAND | Aug. 09, 2017 04:36Reply
I'm arriving into PEK Airport 11:50 on 13th August and will probably take a taxi to PEK Capital Hotel which I believe is easy walking distance from Tian'amen Square.

How much would I expect to pay one way taxi fare ?
Would I be able to get onto a 'half day' Forbidden City tour the same afternoon and if so where could I join one ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate | Aug. 10, 2017 21:34

It takes about an hour and costs around CNY100 to take taxi from PEK Capital International Airport to Tiananmen Square. You may either visit the Forbidden City on your own by renting an Audio Guide Machine or contact the travel company to arrange a half day trip for you.

By the way, it is suggested that you book the entrance tickets of Forbidden City online in advance as there are limited tickets available on the spot and they are always sold out in the morning.
Asked by Sylvie from BELGIUM | Jan. 18, 2017 03:08Reply
1 day tour from airport and back
we are 4 friends back from 2 weeks in Thailand. We have a transit time of 19hours in BJ and we would like to visit the city.
In Importance order :
Great wall ( the closest to other activities)+ Forbidden City + Tian'anmen Square + typical lunch

Would you recommand to :
book a taxi for the day ?
use transport ( metro - bus, ...)
Other solution?

thanks for sharing your recommandations
Answers (1)
Answered by Leon | Jan. 19, 2017 00:07

From the airport, you can take Airport Express to Dongzhimen, then take subway line 2 to Jishuitan and then take bus no. 877 from Deshengmen to Badaling Great Wall. Or you can go to Huangtudian Railway Station and take S2 train to the great wall. The whole journey takes around 2.5 hours. After sightseeing, take bus no. 877 back to Deshengmen, then take subway line 2 and get off at Qianmen Station, then walk north to the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. To save time, I would suggest you book a taxi or join in a one day trip with a travel agency.
Asked by Sue from MALAYSIA | Nov. 02, 2016 07:09Reply
Dingling Tombs and Mutianyu Great Wall

I would like to visit both DingLing Tomb and Mutianyu Great wall as a one day trip. Is there such offer from the Hub and how much will it be? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Paula | Nov. 02, 2016 21:13

As I know, there is no one day trip to Dingling Tomb and Mutianyu Great Wall from Hub of Tour Dispatch. They offer one day trip to Badaling and Dingling Tomb. You can try to call them at (86-10) 83531111 for more information.
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