Explore the history of China on a 7-hour coach tour of some of Beijing’s most iconic sites, including Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. Learn more than 500 years of imperial history, and more.
What to Expect
See the main imperial sights of Beijing on a comprehensive coach tour, starting with an early morning pick-up from your city center hotel, and a transfer to Tian'anmen Square.
Marvel at the monuments that pay testament to China’s communist regime, and the Maoist influence on the nation's modern day history. One of the largest public squares in the world, Tian’anmen Square contains the monuments to the heroes of the revolution, the National Museum of China, and the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, where Mao's body is embalmed.
Next, enter the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved of the imperial palaces. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty (1420 to 1912), and the complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture. You will have approximately 2 hours to explore along the central axis, from the south (Outer Court) to the north (Inner Court).
Then, transfer to the Temple of Heaven, stopping to learn about traditional Chinese medicine along the way. Upon arrival at the Temple of Heaven, see where the ancient emperors prayed for peace and a good harvest in the medieval complex of religious buildings.
Break for a typical Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Then, go to a traditional pearl market to shop for unique souvenirs. Continue to the vast complex of lakes and palaces at the Summer Palace, declared by UNESCO as “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.” Enjoy approximately 80 minutes to explore the pavilions, natural beauty of Kunming Lake, and palaces and temples of Longevity Hill, before the transfer back to your hotel in the city center.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance tickets
- Typical Chinese lunch
What's Not Included
- Tips to the guide and driver