Visit one of the most famous imperial palaces in the world: The Forbidden City, see China’s national treasure giant panda at the Beijing Zoo, and revel in the Lama Temple with its main halls filled with intricately designed Tibetan Thangka.
What to Expect
You’ll meet your guide at your hotel who will bring you to Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City to experience some of the most amazing historical sites of one of the greatest empires in the world. These sites will help you understand just how impressive China’s history is, and you’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of it with your tour guide’s explanations. In imperial China, only the Emperor, deemed the ‘Son of Heaven,’ was allowed to pass through the central meridian gate into the palace. However, today, you can also experience the majestic palace fit for Emperors first-hand.
To quench your thirst afterwards, taste traditional Chinese tea at a teahouse inside the Bell Tower. If you thought tea tasting was easy, just watch the intricate processes involved in boiling Chinese tea, a process that differs for each type of tea. At the teahouse, you’ll be able to sample a range of different Chinese teas. Following the teahouse visit,see the Lama Temple, the most celebrated Buddhist temple in Beijing and a temple of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. It is one of the largest and most influential in China, and was the only temple to have been said to have survived the Cultural Revolution, and only reopened to the public in 1981. Take in the architecture and the oasis of calm amidst one of the most buzzing historic districts in the city, and enjoy the Tibetan thangkas, a traditional painting on cotton, or silk, depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala.
And finally, visit the Beijing Zoo, where you’ll be able to see the endangered giant panda in real life. When they are not eating, they are generally napping and digesting all that bamboo.
- Transfer with an English-speaking guide on board
- English-speaking guide
- Main entrance tickets
- Hotel pick-up and drop off service
What's Not Included
- Additional snacks and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)