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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.


  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
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
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9 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at a hutong near the Bell and Drum Towers

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Pricing information

Imperial Beijing Private Tour: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park with Lunch

Forbidden City

  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Admission to tour attractions listed in itinerary
  • Rickshaw ride
  • Taxi and public transportation (if necessary)
  • Hotel pickup
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Our private tour provides an authentic Beijing experience with a fully customizable itinerary based solely on your personal interests
  • Please be advised that the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace will be substituted instead

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: claire, USA, November 2014

My client loved this trip. Was very impressed and would recommend it to others,.

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!