Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing

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Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing information and booking

7 hours
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On this dynamic private tour of Beijing, discover world-famous monuments and experience local customs with your friendly local guide. Visit culturally significant landmarks like Tiananmen Square and UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Then, join locals in leisure activities like afternoon tai chi and get a taste of traditional Chinese cuisine.

In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your Beijing hotel and take you by private, air-conditioned vehicle to Tiananmen Square, a site of many significant historical and cultural events. Walk through the square with your guide to see and learn about notable monuments like Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People and the Chairman Mao Memorial.Walk to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, a Chinese imperial palace that served as a ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for nearly 500 years. It now houses the Palace Museum, where you will see an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts from the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty.**Please be advised that the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace will be substituted instead.Then, hop back into your private transport for a quick drive to a nearby popular restaurant to enjoy an authentic Chinese lunch. Afterward, your guide will drive you to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Temple of Heaven, the largest complex of ancient sacrificial buildings in China, occupying an area of 674 acres (273 hectares). Walk through the temple to see the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, and learn about its profound influence on the region’s architecture. Here, you can join locals in traditional activities like tai chi or dancing.At the end of the day, relax on the drive back to your Beijing hotel.

What's included

  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission to tour attractions listed in itinerary
  • Lunch
  • Transport in a private air-conditioned vehicle

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)