Learn about China’s capital city on this guided sightseeing tour. Your private guide will share interesting stories and facts about Beijing’s history as you walk through the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. See gorgeous landscapes at Jingshan Park and visit a ‘hutong’ (a narrow alleyway). Experience how locals live with a rickshaw ride along Beijing’s streets and stop at a local family’s home for a delicious home-cooked meal. Your private guide will show you Beijing’s highlights and keep you informed on various interesting facts about each stop.
Discover Beijing's Imperial City, home to many of China's important historical sites. After meeting your guide in your Beijing hotel, walk along Chang’an Avenue to Tiananmen Square to see the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. Spend time learning about and taking photos of the square, the Tiananmen Gate and the Forbidden City in the background.
Then, your guide will lead you to the Forbidden City, a Chinese imperial palace that served as a political center of the Chinese government for almost 500 years. Tour inside its various halls and the Imperial Garden, where you can admire elaborate Chinese garden landscaping. Walk through the north gate with your guide and on to Jingshan Park. Enjoy unobstructed views of the Forbidden City, Bell and Drum Towers and the Bird's Nest. Marvel at the park’s elaborate pavilions and colorful peony garden and enjoy the sight of both locals and tourists enjoying activities like the ribbon dance.
**Please be advised that the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace will be substituted instead.
Next, walk with your guide to a Beijing hutong, a narrow alleyway lined by traditional courtyard residences. Experience how the locals live by hopping into a rickshaw and going for a ride through the city's ancient streets. Listen as your guide shares accounts of traditional culture and daily life. Then, go up the Drum Tower to view the impressive array of drums originating from all over China, and enjoy a 20-minute drum performance.
A local family living in a hutong will serve you a delicious home-cooked meal for lunch. Enjoy local delicacies and learn how to wrap Chinese dumplings while mingling with the family and hearing their interesting stories. After lunch, they will teach you traditional Chinese activities like paper cutting and calligraphy. After spending over three hours participating in these unique activities, your tour will end here.
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Departs from your Beijing hotel
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Concludes at a hutong
near the Bell and Drum Towers
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Reviewed by: Anonymous, USA, June 2013
I would like to thank Cris and Tina for the excellent guiding.
I enjoyed the day with both very nice ladies! They did a very good job!
Reviewed by: Pearl L, January 2013
We had a wonderful time at Beijing. My family of 5 ranged between 70+ and 9+, so our interest areas were wide. This tour exceeded our expectations as it combined the beautiful culture, scenary, history and people for our family members. We got to experience an every day life of an emperor and of a chinese citizen. It was great to see combination of history and modern bustles all in one place. Our guides were very accommodating to our needs and encouraged us on throughout the day, so that we dont miss interesting events and sights. Our tour guilde started even before we arrived in Bejing as I had a billion questions for my tour guide, who in return, answered them patiently and truthfully :). Highly recommeded to go with private tours!