FC04: One Day Forbidden City Walking Tour

Tiananmen Square - Forbidden City - Jingshan Park - Temple of Heaven - Hutong Tour
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In the morning at the appointed time, your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in downtown area. Then we'll start our Forbidden City walking tour. We will first drive you to Tiananmen Square right to the south of the Forbidden City and walk through it to reach Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is one of the world's largest urban squares with solemn Monument to the People's Heroes and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao located. Forbidden City is the ancient imperial palace complex in wooden structure as well as a museum with a large amount of priceless treasures.
Tiananmen Square
A bird's eye view of Forbidden City
Coming out of Forbidden City from the Gate of Divine Prowess, Jingshan Park is in front of us, the next stop of our Forbidden City walking tour. Lying on the central axis of Beijing, Jingshan Park is originally a royal garden of the Yuan (1271-1368 AD), Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing (1644-1911 AD) dynasties. The Wanchun Pavilion in the park is the highest point there, from where you can overlook the whole Forbidden City and other landmarks in Beijing. It takes about 10 minutes to climb to the Wanchun Pavilion. If you have enough physical strength, we strongly suggest you do not miss it. If you don't want to climb the steps, you can also stroll around the park to enjoy the beautiful views and get a glimpse of the daily life of the locals.

Beijing is foodies'paradise. In order to make sure you eat the right food to your taste, we leave the opportunity for you to arrange your lunch on your own. Of course, your guide will be glad to offer you some advice.
Temple of Heaven
Hutong rickshaw tour
In the afternoon, we will extend your Forbidden City walking tour to Temple of Heaven and old Hutongs. Temple of Heaven is the site for the ancient emperors to worship the Heaven and pray for harvest. Hutongs are the gathering place of Siheyuan, the old Beijing style courtyards. Here, you can know how local Beijingers live. You will have the hutong tour on a rickshaw and visit a local family living inside. After visits on the day, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.
Tour Highlights
Forbidden City
Listed as a world heritage, Forbidden City was the mysterious imperial palace in Ming and Qing dynasties. Now, it is the world's largest and best-preserved palace complex in wooden structure. It is strictly symmetric in east-west direction and covers a rectangle area of 720 thousands square meters (178 acers) in the center of Beijing, with 10-meter (11-yard) high walls and a 52-meter (57-yard) wide moat. It's also a museum having more than 1.86 million pieces of cultural relics of 23 kinds.
Explore the best preserved imperial palaces at the Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven is the largest architectural complex for Heaven worship all over the world, with a coverage of 273 hectares (675 acres). It is a special royal site to worship the Heaven and to pray for harvest, which are all the vital activities in feudal society in China. Temple of Heaven was firstly built in 1420 AD, since then the emperors extended it and held the national worship ceremony there regularly. Altar of Prayer for Good Harvests is the main architecture in Temple of Heaven, 38 meters high in total with gilding top, blue encaustic tiles, three-layer eaves and pyramidal roof.
Admire the grand architectures in the Temple of Heaven
Hutong is the historical alleys. The numerous hutongs have witnessed the historical changes of past ages of Beijing, and each of the hutongs has their own stories. These hutongs were generally named after personal names, architectures, scenic spots and water wells. The traditional quadrangle dwellings, Siheyuan are lined at two sides, where the locals live one generation after another.
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  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private driver & air-conditioned vehicle
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  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips or gratuities for guide and driver
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