Beijing Bus Tour: Tiananmen, Forbidden City and Summer Palace (No Shopping)

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Tour description

This is a full day tour to explore Beijing and visit the most attractive historical sites like the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. This tour does not include any shopping stops.

Our English-speaking guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby between 6:30 am and 7:30 am depending on on the location of your hotel. The exact time will be informed by your guide a day before the tour starts, normally after 6:00 pm, by a phone call to your hotel.The tour starts at the northern side of Tiananmen Square, one of the symbols of Beijing. Here you can see two pairs of 600 years old stone lions, the characteristic ornamental columns, an outer golden water bridge and several other decorations that the guide will explain. The square is one of the biggest on the world, and during 40 minutes you will be able to see the National Flag Pole, the Monument to the People's Hero, the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, the Great Hall of People, and the National Museum.Then you will proceed to visit the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palaces group in China, with 500 years of history. Here you will 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. The visit along the central axis from south to north will last for about 4 hours.After this visit you will enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch in local restaurant and then drive during 40 minutes to the Summer Palace. It is one of Beijing’s most popular landmarks and one of the best examples of an imperial gardens in China. The site, which covers a total of 1.8 miles and incorporates a large lake within it's boundaries, has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi. The Empress effectively controlled China for 47 years between 1861 and 1908.After this last 1.5 hours visit to the Summer Palace, you guide will drop you off around 17:00 at Beijing City Centre near a centrally located subway station. Then you can continue your day exploring Beijing before returning to your hotel on your own. 

What's included

  • Hotel pick-up
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide
  • Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch

What's not included

  • Hotel drop-off service
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to the guide and driver (Optional)