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Beijing Full-Day Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

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Beijing Full-Day Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Central Beijing boasts three UNESCO-listed treasures — the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace — all of them must-sees during a stay in China’s capital. This full-day tour makes it possible to check them off your list in a day, providing a great overview of the city and its imperial history. Coach transport with downtown Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off, plus entrance fees, shopping time at Chinese medicine outlets and Beijing's Pearl Market and a Chinese set menu lunch included.
  • Full-day tour of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace in Beijing
  • Tour the Forbidden City, the world’s biggest historical palace complex
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors prayed for good harvests
  • Stroll around the Summer Palace, the summertime garden-and-lake retreat of the emperors
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English-speaking tour guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off services are available within the 4th Ring Zone of Beijing City.
All admission tickets as mentioned in the itinerary.
Hotel accommodation.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
The hotel pick-up time is around 8 am. The day before your tour date, you will be contacted via telephone or your hotel reception. Please contact the emergency telephone number provided, should you not receive any information.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
After pickup from your central Beijing hotel, set off through the city’s bustling streets by climate-controlled coach. On route, hear about Beijing’s history, and listen as your guide shares information about China’s culture.

Stop first at the Forbidden City, near Tiananmen Square. The world’s largest historical palatial complex, this massive walled compound dates from the 15th century, and was home to 14 Ming and 10 Qin emperors. Tour the main pavilions, halls and courtyards — the complex houses 800 buildings — and admire the classical Chinese architecture as your guide shares tales of the royals who lived and ruled from here.

Next, continue to the Temple of Heaven, a beautiful imperial spiritual complex built 600 years ago. Admire the religious buildings and see the magnificent Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, where the emperors prayed for fruitful harvests.

After a set-menu Chinese lunch at a restaurant, indulge in some retail therapy at Chinese medicine outlets and the nearby Pearl Market.

Then, travel to the Summer Palace. Created in 1750 as an imperial summertime retreat, this masterpiece of Chinese landscaping blends intricate pavilions, halls, bridges, lakes and rivers.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll to admire the ornamental gardens, buildings, and other architectural gems, and then finish your tour with a central hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
Your full-day tour of classic Beijing begins with a visit to Tian’anmen Square after being picked up at your hotel at around 8 AM. Tian’anmen Square, the largest city square in the world, holds the Monument of the National Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
You will then enjoy a short walk from Tian’anmen Square to the Forbidden City. At 8:30-10:30, you will visit this magnificent imperial palace. The Forbidden City, with over 500 years of history, is the largest and best-preserved ancient palatial structure in the world. Duration: approximately two hours.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Temple of Heaven
At 11:00, on the way to your next destination, the Temple of Heaven, considered the holiest place in Beijing, is the largest ancient imperial architectural structure for worship in the world. The visit to Temple of Heaven takes about 1.5 hours.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
After enjoying a traditional Chinese lunch (40 minutes) at 13:00, take a 30-minute drive, you will reach the Summer Palace, the best preserved and largest imperial garden in the world. The Summer Palace is regarded as a museum of gardens in China. Duration: 2 hours. At 18:00, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • You will receive details about tour guide and exact pickup time in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also call you via hotel or leave a message for you about pickup time the night before tour.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. We try to meet individual requirement but can NOT 100% satisfy. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Tour guide's English was ok and quite...
Edwin Jessie T
, Apr 2017
Tour guide's English was ok and quite understandable. He's also helpful and friendly. The website did not mention extra cost in the dragon boat ride into the summer palace.
the guide tour operator was 1 hour...
Petronela P
, Mar 2016
the guide tour operator was 1 hour late. although he is a nice person, his English was poor, therefore very difficult to understand him. tried to contact viator for confirmation the day before our trip but without success. awful experience. I would strongly recommend you do not use viator, they are very unprofessional. it is just waste of money.
This was by far the best tour I have...
, Nov 2015
This was by far the best tour I have ever been on and that says a lot because I have traveled on 5 continents. The guide Roy was unbelievable. We were 8 people that really got along from 4 different countries. He was so accommodating that he managed to work in an extra stop at the Olympic Stadium which was missed on the tour from hell that it was supposed to be on so I was really happy. Everything was to perfection. If I went back to Beijing I would request this tour company to take a tour with. So professional and I can't say enough good things about them.
, Nov 2019
Compré el tour en el entendido de que pasarían a mi hotel a recogerme y me regresarían ahí. Posteriormente me informaron que no estaba en el perímetro contemplado para ello y me dejaron un mensaje en hotel que me presentara en determinado lugar, acudí y esperé mas de una hora y nunca pasaron por mi. No tomé la excursión.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear Explore758321, We feel sorry to hear that. However, we have checked the bookings these months but couldn't find one matchable. In addition, we have never missed to pick up our customers on the tour day. Could you please provide more information about it? What's the tour date or what's the booking reference? Also you can email us directly so that we can better help you resolve this. We look forward to hearing from you and further addressing the things you mentioned. Trippest Customer Care Team

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