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From Beijing: Great Wall & Forbidden City Full-Day Trip

1. From Beijing: Great Wall & Forbidden City Full-Day Trip

Discover the history of the Great Wall on this guided day trip from Beijing. Travel aboard an air-conditioned van. Visit Tiananmen Square and have an authentic Chinese lunch. Choose between a tour with or without a roundtrip cable car ride that allows you to get to the wall faster with stunning views. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Beijing in the morning and drive to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Your guide will provide you with lots of interesting information. At the Great Wall, you can either hike on your own or take a cable car to the highest point. Enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch at a restaurant near the Ming Tombs. After lunch, marvel at Tiananmen Square before continuing to the Forbidden City, the largest royal palace in the world and the last stop on this tour. Spend some time exploring this vast complex before being transferred back to your hotel. During the day, you'll have the opportunity to visit jade factory stores and get a foot massage in a Chinese medicine shop.

From Tianjin Xingang Port: Private 2-Day Beijing Tour

2. From Tianjin Xingang Port: Private 2-Day Beijing Tour

See the Great Wall of China and discover the most important sights of the Forbidden City, with a stop at Tiananmen Square. Learn about the history and architecture of the areas you visit from your local expert guide. Day 1: Pick-up service from Tianjin Port, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City(L) Your Beijing English-speaking guide will be holding a sign with your name on it and waiting in the lobby of Tianjin Port at 08:00. After 2.5-hours of driving, you will visit Tiananmen Square to observe monuments created from Mao's influence on China's modern history. From there, proceed to the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palace with 600 years of history in the world. Visit the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north for approximately 2-hours. Then, you will have a chance to visit a Silk Museum and learn about traditional silk culture. After having a short stop, have a typical Chinese lunch for about 40 minutes in a local restaurant. Later, go back to your hotel. Day 2: Great Wall and the Summer Palace(L) On the second day, you will experience China's No.1 highlight attraction, the Badaling Great Wall through Juyongguan entrance side. This is the less crowded and quieter part of the Great Wall. After your visit, enjoy a Chinese lunch at the authentic Jade Gallery Restaurant, then you can also experience interesting ancient Chinese Jade culture there, later on visit the most impressive and beautiful Summer Palace, the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. Stay for about 1.5-hours before you leave to enjoy an amazing Chinese tea ceremony at a local tea house. Then, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Please note the hotel is not provided.

From Taijin Cruise Port: 2-Day Beijing Sightseeing Tour

3. From Taijin Cruise Port: 2-Day Beijing Sightseeing Tour

Day 1: Tianjin International Cruise Port to Beijing - Tiananmen - Forbidden City (L) Once the cruise ship docks in Tianjin International Cruise Port, your private guide will welcome you at the exit of the arrival hall, assist you with your luggage, then begin the 2.5-hour journey to Beijing. On the way, your guide will keep you entertained with fun facts and trivia about the city and its countless sights. Once arrival in Beijing, your tour will start from the Temple of Heaven. The magnificent and colorful Temple of Heaven was where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would make offerings to heaven and pray for full harvests.  Then, you will stop at a local restaurant for a traditional Chinese lunch. Afterwards, you will explore the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City area. Spend about 2 to 3-hours to explore the palace and learn the detailed history and stories with your knowledgeable tour guide. After that, your will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.  Day 2: Summer Palace - Great Wall - Tianjin International Cruise Port (L) Check out of your hotel in the morning to begin your tour. Your first stop will be the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace is the best-kept existing royal garden in Beijing. With a concentration of the best of ancient buildings as well as styles of gardening, it is a virtual museum of traditional Chinese gardening. Then after about a 1-hour drive to the Great Wall at the Mutianyu section, stop at the local village for a delicous Chinese lunch. Then, set off on a 30 minute journey along the scenic mountains and villages to the Great Wall as your guide explains the stories and histories of the the Great Wall. Have plenty of time to enjoy the surrounding mountains and ride in a cable car or ski lift with toboggan at your discretion. Your shore excursion will then conclude back at Tianjin International Port in time for your cruise departure. The journey back will take approximately 3.5-hours. Your tour guide and driver will ensure your timely return back to the ship at Tianjin International Cruise Port.

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What people are saying about Beijing

I'm not a fan of group tours, but in this case it made sense. Communication with the provider, hotel pickup and drop-off worked very well. Good minibus with friendly and efficient tour guide. The English of the Chinese is sometimes difficult to understand, but that's the case with all Chinese. There was still a visit to the jade factory and the tea ceremony on the way back. That was nice, just a little reminiscent of a sales event, but ultimately there was zero selling pressure. If you don't want to buy anything, look at everything and it's good. No problem. We had great weather and so the tour was a very impressive experience.

We really enjoyed this tour! The forbidden city was very interesting and we were given just enough time to see the important parts. We were also taken to tea presentation that was impressive to watch and we liked it. The Great Wall at the end of the day was amazing. We went up on the cable car and down the toobogan. So much fun, will definitely recommend. If I'm being picky, I just wished we had stayed less time at the Jade store (45min) and more time at the Great Wall (1.30hr). Lunch was great too though!

My guide is as Sabrina and she was great! I think that the guide is very important in a tour and can make the difference between amazing and ok :) Even though I traveled some, I felt like the entire group was one team! The tour was excellent length for winter time (but cold outside than I am used to). Probably in the summer is worth taking one full day in the wall for tracking.

Leon, went above amd beyond with these tour. I been in many different ones around the world...& front first hand this one has been a great experience i have the chance I would repeat the same tour again. Gracias leon for your patience with my group.

Leon, our guides, has been really kind with us. He guided us all day long, his tour has been full and detailed.