Although Beijing has modernized along with the rest of the country there are still a lot of historical charms remaining. This is a walking tour through the historical city center that will introduce you to the city’s most famous, picturesque and inspiring historical sites. From the ancient residential alleys and slow-paced day-to-day life to the riches of the imperial palace, you’ll see it all!
You will be picked up by your guide at the lobby of your hotel located in the city center.
Firstly, you will visit the Tiananmen Square, one of the largest squares in the world. It is a lively place home to attractions like the Museums of Chinese History and Chinese Revolution, the Great Hall of the People, and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.
Then walk to the Forbidden City and learn about the history of this sprawling World Heritage–listed complex, where Ming and Qing emperors once lived and ruled in opulence. Take in some of the 1,000 rooms and 800 buildings, and marvel at the exquisite luxury of imperial life.
From the northern gate of the Forbidden City, we will cross the street to Jingshan Park, a man-made hill created using soil excavated from the construction of the moat that surrounds the Forbidden City. It offers the best views of Beijing and it is also a favorite local hangout, where Beijingers practice Tai Chi, dance and enjoy the open space.
Then, by rickshaw, you can relax as your driver weaves through the ancient narrow lanes, also known as Beijing’s Hutongs. The Hutongs have captured traditional Beijing’s essence, and spending time here is a real look into authentic Beijing city life. After this, you will have the opportunity to see life inside a Chinese family’s houses and talk with the beijingers.
To quench your thirst afterwards, we will taste traditional Chinese tea at a teahouse inside the Bell Tower. If you thought tea tasting was easy, just watch the intricate processes involved in boiling Chinese tea – a process that differs for each type of tea. Lunch will be recommended at a local dumpling restaurant at your own expense.
Lastly we will bring you to the Lama Temple, the most celebrated Buddhist temple in Beijing and a temple of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. It is one of the largest and most influential in China, and was the only temple to have been said to have survived the Cultural Revolution. Take in the architecture and the oasis of calm amidst one of the most buzzing historic districts in the city. After the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Tour starts at 08:30am, ends at 05:00pm
Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.