Forbidden City Day Tour With Flexible Afternoon Sightseeing

Private & Custom Tours in Běijīng

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This tour takes you to visit the home of Chinese ancient emperors and their households, the magnificent Forbidden City and the world-famous Tiananmen Square. The afternoon time is left open so you may choose two other places to visit as you wish. A private guide and driver will be always at your service. Your tour is bound to be smooth and fun.
Your guide will meet you at your Beijing downtown hotel lobby at around 8:30 am. You will then get on a comfortable vehicle to start the 8 hours day tour. The first site will be the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square lies at the center of Beijing. Imposing and magnificent, it stands out among ancient city gates in China. Tiananmen was the place for important ceremonies during the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty and it has witnessed many important events in China's modern history, too. It was formerly a courtyard in front of the main gate to the Forbidden City. Since the fall of the feudal system, and especially since the foundation of the People's Republic, it has been renovated and expanded many times. Now the square, at 880 meters long and 500 meters wide, measures 440,000 square meters. Walking pass the Tiananmen Square, you get to the Forbidden City, which is the former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty-the years 1420 to 1912, and it now houses the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years. Get close to the glorious history of China and the country’s enigmatic folklore as you enter the Forbidden City. It is not only one of the well-preserved imperial palaces in the world but also a precious testimony to the Chinese culture and civilization during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later you will enjoy a typical Chinese lunch and have a short break. The afternoon tour is open for you to decide. You may choose two places to visit from the following sites, please indicate your preferred option while booking for a better arrangement. 1. Summer Palace 2. Temple of Heaven 3. Yonghe Lamasery 4. Hutong Tour by Rickshaw 5. Jingshan Park 6. Panda House in Beijing Zoo 7. Check out the exterior of the Bird's Nest & Water Cube. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel to conclude the trip.

What’s included

  • Private day tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Two bottles of mineral water
  • Entrance fees
  • Chinese lunch
  • Fuel surcharge and tax
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
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