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Best Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

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  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2042SIC_06
Visit two of Beijing’s most important historic sites on a full-day tour that features the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace. You also see giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo, stop at a silk market, and relax over a Chinese-style lunch. Your experienced guide provides informative commentary on the history and culture of each site, as well as background on China's famous panda bears and an introduction to modern Beijing. Enjoy time for photos and questions at each stop on this fascinating Beijing sightseeing tour.


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  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Your day starts with pickup from your centrally located Beijing hotel by air-conditioned coach and a short drive to Lama Temple, one of Beijing’s most famous monasteries.

Lama Temple boasts five large halls that are decorated with colorful carvings, murals, ceremonial objects and statues of the Buddha in various incarnations. Your guide takes you through the stunning complex, explaining the significance of the items that you see. Admire one of the temple’s highlights, a towering statue of Maitreya Buddha that stands 59 feet high (18 meters) and was carved from a single piece of white sandalwood.

Next up, visit the Beijing Zoo to see its beloved residents, the giant pandas. The endangered panda bears are native to China and considered a national treasure. Watch the pandas munch on bamboo, play and lounge in their large enclosures, which resemble their natural habitat.

After enjoying the panda antics, relax while eating a Chinese-style lunch. Then head to the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Originally built in 1750 as a summer retreat for the emperor, the UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace was razed twice by foreign armies and completely rebuilt. Enjoy great photo ops as you follow your guide around the grounds, which boast ornately decorated temples, pavilions, gardens, bridges and covered walkways. Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake take up most of the 1.1 square mile (2.9 square kilometer) site. Your guide points out highlights such as the Marble Boat, a lakeside pavilion that was restored in 1893 for Empress Cixi.

Wrap up your day with a stop at Tianhou Silk Market where you see a brief demonstration of how silk is made. Then have the option to shop for high quality silk goods before your guide returns you to your hotel to end your tour.

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Tour departs from Beijing city hotels

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  • 7:30am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

7 hours (approx.)
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Returns to original departure point

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Best Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
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  • Confirmation tour will be received at time of booking
  • Infants aged 2 years and under travel free of charge, providing they are not occupying a seat.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Robert L, October 2015

Absolutely fabulous.
Be,jing is an credible city.

Reviewed by: Gary P, USA, October 2015

Superb tour with a great guide and driver. Adjusted the tour a bit to meet my requests, and highly recommend this nearly full day tour around Beijing.

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Tour code: 2042SIC_06