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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group Beijing City Tour

1. Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group Beijing City Tour

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Looking for the ultimate Beijing city tour? This just might be it. Hit the icons, partake in local activities, ride the subway, and gain insight into life as a local right here on this Beijing city tour. Meet your local guide at the east gate of Temple of Heaven metro station, and start your Beijing tour with a bit of morning exercise with locals in one of the city’s most popular parks and historical sites, Temple of Heaven Park. It is full of people of all ages taking part in traditional pastimes such as tai chi, fan dancing, diablo, kite flying, water calligraphy, and more. Join in some of the activities, soaking up the park’s relaxed atmosphere. Visit the temple and ritual sites inside, where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for good harvests. From there, jump on Beijing's subway to travel to the very heart of the city for a visit to one of Beijing's icons: Tiananmen Square. As we wander through this immense square your local guide will enlighten you as to why Tiananmen is so special to the Chinese people. From there, we'll pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (adorned with its famous Mao portrait) to enter the famed Forbidden City. Off-limits to most of the world for 500 years, this ‘city’ houses the best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China, and is a must-see spot in Beijing. Discover some of its secrets and learn about some of the legends while enjoying a tour through its many buildings. After leaving the Forbidden City,  grab a simple lunch at a local restaurant to devour tasty authentic Chinese food. Then continue to gain a new perspective of the immensity of the Forbidden City from the top of the pagoda in Jingshan Park. High on a hill overlooking the city, this is the best place to take in stunning views of not only the Forbidden City, but the ancient heart of Beijing. This ultimate Beijing tour will end in Jingshan Park, where you are free to spend more time exploring, or head back into the heart of Beijing to take in more of the city’s sights. If you would like to continue to experience what real grass root is like in the hutong areas, and sample some of the most popular snacks in Beijing, feel free to join us in the afternoon Beijing food tour at 16:00. Your local guide can give you more information if you are interested.

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4.3 / 5

based on 1,109 reviews

It's my first time in Beijing and I enjoyed this tour :) Our tour guide Tina speaks very good English and she explained the history of Chinese culture. Her colleague (i forgot the name) helped me took photos since I'm a solo traveler. I really appreciate it :) Overall, this is a great tour! Highly recommended.

They were so punctual, and we have seen so many thins. Everything was beautiful and the group as well. Love it and well recommended. Emma was lovely! Worth the money as everything is so well organized and you don't need to think of anything. Bravo Emma and the team! Hugsxx

Sabrina was a great guide, she was very knowledgeable and her English was amazing. The tour was in the winter and the bus was kept nice and toasty. Even though the tour is shorter you still see a lot of things and spend a good amount of time at each stop.

my wife and I had a great experience. our tour guide was Nikki. very knowledgeable and very interesting she made us enjoy our tour and even helped us take great pictures. I highly recommend this tour

Interesting excursion the good guide smiling and helpful