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Beijing: The Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace Entry Ticket

1. Beijing: The Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace Entry Ticket

The Summer Palace in Beijing – first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 – is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. How to get to Summer Palace By Bus To the East Palace Gate: Take bus 303 and get off at Yiheyuan Station, then walk west for about 200 meters (220 yards) to the gate. To the West Gate: Take bus 469, 539 or Zhuan 129 and get off at Yiheyuan Ximen (Yiheyuan West Gate) Station, then walk northeastward for about 300 meters (328 yards) to the gate. To the North Palace Gate: Take bus 303, 346, 394, 563, 584 or Sightseeing Line 3 and get off at Yiheyuan Beigongmen (North Palace Gate) Station; or take bus 332, 384, or 601 to Beigongmen Subway Station. The gate is less than 100 meters (109 yards) away. To the New Palace Gate: Take bus 74, 374, or 437, and get off at Xin Jian Gong Men (Yiheyuan New Palace Gate) Station. By Subway Take line 4 to Beigongmen, and exit from D. After that, walk west for 3 minutes to the North Palace Gate. Take line 10 to Bagou Station. Then take Western Suburban Line to Yiheyuanximen Station. Walk north for 4 minutes to the West Gate of Summer Palace. Beijing Bus / Subway Search The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven, is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in south-eastern urban Beijing, known as the Xuanwu District. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is regarded as a Taoist temple, although the Chinese Heaven worship by the reigning monarch “ohe day” pre-dates Taoism. The Temple of Heaven is a must-see attraction in Beijing! How to get to Temple of Heaven By Bus: South Gate: Take bus 36, 958 or Zhuan 202 to Tiantan Nanmen Station. West Gate: Take bus 2, 7, 20, 36, 53, 72, 93, or 120 and get off at Tiantan Ximen Station. North Gate: Take bus 6, 34, 35, 36, 72 or 106 and get off at Tiantan Beimen Station. By Subway: Take Subway Line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen Station; leave from Exit A and you'll find the East Gate of the Park. Take Subway Line 8 to Tianqiao Station, take Exit C, walk eastward you will see the west gate.

Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Tour

2. Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Tour

Meet your private guide in your hotel's lobby at your preferred time in Beijing. Then heading directly to Mutianyu Great Wall which will take about 1.5 hours, your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories on the way, sit back and enjoy the countryside sceneries along the way. Once arrive at the The Mutianyu Great Wall, you’ll take the cable car or ski lift up to the Wall, spend some time to hike up and down for about 1.5 hours at the various sections of the Wall, exploring the watch and beacon towers. Afterwards, stop at a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to explore a well-preserved royal garden: the Summer Palace. Follow your tour guide to stroll around the garden, learn the stories and histories behind the buildings. Get to know the famous " Dragon Lady" and her life in the Summer Palace. After the tour finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel or other sites you want to go in Beijing city.

Beijing: Tiananmen, Forbidden City, and Wall Private Tour

3. Beijing: Tiananmen, Forbidden City, and Wall Private Tour

After being picked up from your Beijing Downtown hotel(for private tour) or meet at the meeting point (for small group tour) or airport(Beijing capital International airport or Daxing International airport), you will begin exploring at the Tian’anmen Square. Use the convenient fast track entry, stroll through the massive square with your tour guide. You will see these buildings in and around the square: Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, the Monument of the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of The People, the National Museum, the Front Gates, the Old Beijing Railway Station and more while learning about the history of these buildings from your guide.  On the way to the Forbidden City, you will pass by the Gate of Heavenly Peace and Duanmen Gate. Then enter the Forbidden City from the Massive Meridian Gate. The Forbidden City was the political and ritual center of China for over 500 years. After its completion in 1420, the Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors, their families and servants during the Ming and the Qing dynasties.Spend 1.5 hours to explore the halls, courtyards and gardens. Your guide has an extensive knowledge of Chinese history, culture and architecture. They will share their knowledge with you in an informative, personable, and enjoyable manner. Feel free to ask questions if you have. Next, heading to the Great Wall at Mutianyu section. During the 1.5 hours drive, your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories. Stop at the local restaurant for an authentic countryside style lunch. Upon arrival at Mutianyu, follow your tour guide to take either the cable car or ski lift up to the Wall which will save you valuable time, marvel at this world's longest manmade project, hike up and down with your tour guide to explore different watch towers, climb up to the tower to find out how military signal were send back in the past. Take as many photos as you like, after 1.5 hours hike, you will descend by ski lift/cable car or take the fun toboggan.(it might stop if it is raining) Then, you will be transferred back to your hotel/meeting point/airport in Beijing.

Beijing: Summer Palace with Harmony Garden Half-Day Tour

4. Beijing: Summer Palace with Harmony Garden Half-Day Tour

Escape to the Summer Palace on a 3-hour trip with an expert guide. This is one of the best preserved imperial gardens in the world and it is the largest of its kind still in existence in China. From the meeting point, your tour guide will lead you the palace from the East Gate. Visit the most important buildings along the Kun Ming Lake, including the Tower of Buddhist Incense, the Long Corridor, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, the 17-Arch Bridge, and the Marble Boat.  Summer Palace was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998. UNESCO reported that the Summer Palace is "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design”, where the natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples, and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. This tour will uncover the history of the Summer Palace as a royal palace where Princess Dowager Cixi and the emperors once lived and handled court affairs, accepted laudations, and received foreign diplomats. Whether you are coming to whizz across its frozen lake in winter, soak up some sun in the spring or summer, or admire its splendid autumn colors, the palace makes for a fantastic day out.

Summer Palace Walking Tour

5. Summer Palace Walking Tour

Summer Palace is the most beautiful royal garden in China which is consist of three parts: political center, living quarter and garden, same design as the Forbidden City. But the garden takes up 3 quarters of the whole palace, huge artificial lake, longest wooden corridor painted with 14,000 paintings. Your guide will meet you in the McDonald of the meeting point. Your guide will show you the Hall of benevolence and longevity. Share interesting stories of Dragon lady Cixi and the design of this layout under Chinese Feng-shui. Your guide will show you the Hall of happiness and longevity which is the living quarter for dragon lady Cixi. Share her life stories with you, you will know why she was capable to be real ruler, even emperor was under her control. How luxurious her life was. Your guide will show you the beautiful garden with huge artificial lake, artificial hill and longest wooden corridor in the world. Walk beside the lake to the living quarters for emperor Guang Xu and his empress. Why an ambitious young emperor became a prisoner, why his favorite concubine was killed by dragon lady Cixi, and what is the true cause of emperor’s death. You will end the tour at the meeting point. Your guide will assist you to find the subway station or get you a taxi.

Beijing: Summer Palace and Beyond: Tailor Your Adventure

6. Beijing: Summer Palace and Beyond: Tailor Your Adventure

Meet in front of Summer Palace East Gate (or your Beijing downtown hotel's lobby if you choose the private tour). Then start your adventure at Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (If you want a different start time--for private tour please let us know we will try our best to arrange) During your journey, your guide provides a historical overview of the landmark, which was built in 1750 as a royal residence and is widely considered a masterpiece of Chinese landscape design. Once you arrive at the Summer Palace, follow your guide to enter from the East Gate of the palace and visit some of the most important buildings, such as the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, the Long corridor, the marble boat, the hall of Happiness and Longevity and more. Then you will travel back to the middle of the Summer Palace, continue with a visit to the Hall of Dispelling Clouds, which is situated on the central axis of Longevity Hill and is the heart of a succession of buildings used for celebrations. Admire the Tower of Buddhist Incense and other buddhist buildings. Your tour will ends at the north gate of the Summer Palace, after the tour you can choose to explore the Summer Palace on your own or travel back to your hotel by subway or by private car.

From Beijing: 3-Day UNESCO World Heritage Sites Private Tour

7. From Beijing: 3-Day UNESCO World Heritage Sites Private Tour

This private 3-day tour gives you plenty of time to explore Beijing's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and The Great Wall of China. You can choose our tour package which including all entrance fee and three days lunches. You also can choose a basic tour with including English speaking tour guide and private transfer for 3 days( 8 hours each day), choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and the local experienced guide will arrange a tour to suit you. Here is our set itinerary: Day 1: After meet your tour guide, start by exploring one of the world’s largest public areas, Tian'anmen Square. Pass through the south gate to the Forbidden City, stroll around the courtyards and halls of the Forbidden city with your tour guide, and learn the histories and stories about this massive palace. You will visit most important buildings inside the Forbidden City. Stop in a local restaurant for lunch, then discover the Lama Temple in the afternoon. Lama Temple is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. For evening, you can enjoy an amazing Chinese show, such as the Acrobatic show, Kongfu show or Peking opera.(at your own cost) After the show finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing Day 2: After meet your guide, heading to Mutianyu Great Wall. Once arrive at the The Mutianyu Great Wall, you’ll enjoy a less hurried experience and take time to marvel at this wondrous structure and the surrounding hillsides. Hiking up and down for about 1.5 hours at the various sections of the Wall, exploring the watch and beacon towers. Stop at a Local Restaurant for lunch. On the way to city stop to take photos at the iconic "Bird's Nest"– the Beijing National Stadium, where hosts many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Continue to the Drum Tower area, stroll around the local Hutong neighborhood. Get to know the local life and people. You also can explore the Houhai lake area and Nanluoguxiang Hutong allays. After the tour finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing. Day 3: Begins with the Temple of Heaven, once visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual prayer ceremonies. Follow your tour guide to explore many important buildings including: Hall of Prayer for good harvest, Danbi Bridge. 9 dragon Juniper and more Spend time in the pearl market to purchase your China souvenir, your guide will teach you how to negotiate price in the market. Next, see the pandas in the Beijing Panda House and have a delicious Peking duck lunch in the local restaurant. Continue to the Summer Palace, a well-preserved royal garden that's renowned for its beautiful landscape and spectacular architecture, and is considered one of the most classical gardens in the world. After the tour finished, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.

Private Roundtrip Transfer: to Great Wall from Beijing

8. Private Roundtrip Transfer: to Great Wall from Beijing

Get picked up from your hotel in Beijing downtown or airport and travel to the Great Wall of China in a private vehicle. Choose from a range of sections of the Wall to visit, including the Gubei Water Town. Meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and drive to the section of Great Wall you prefer. Choose from the following options: Mutianyu section, Badaling section, Juyongguan section , Huanghuacheng section, Jinshanling section, Simatai or Gubei Water Town. Once you get there, enjoy the amazing scenery and hike on the wall by yourself. If you have any questions, your can use a translator app to communicate with your driver or you call our English service team by driver's phone.

Beijing: Forbidden City with Summer Palace Highlights

9. Beijing: Forbidden City with Summer Palace Highlights

Do full justice to three of Beijing’s must-see sights with a privately guided city sightseeing trip. Check out Tiananmen Square, the immense square at the heart of the city, and explore the highlights of the Forbidden Palace and the Summer Palace on guided walking tours. entrance fees, private transport with a guide and driver, and hotel pickup and drop-off with lunch at the local Chinese restaurant are all included.

Beijing: Temple of Heaven, Panda House & Summer Palace Tour

10. Beijing: Temple of Heaven, Panda House & Summer Palace Tour

Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your downtown hotel, hop aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, heading directly to your first stop: the cute pandas at the Beijing zoo. Here you can find different pandas playing, eating, sleeping at the Panda garden. Follow your tour guide to explore the area, learn some common knowledge about the giant panda. Beside the pandas, Beijing zoo also have red pandas, tiger, golden monkey, hippos, rhinoceros, giraffes and other animals. Let your tour guide know if you want to explore other parts of the Zoo. Move on to the Summer Palace where you can find picturesque pavilions, bridges, lakes and courtyards. The Summer Palace was the royal retreat for emperors fleeing the suffocating summer torpor of the old imperial city and later was the retirement playground of Empress Dowager Cixi. Learn many stories from your knowledgeable tour guide and explore most important halls and courtyards: Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, Hall of Joy and Longevity, Hall of Jade Billows, Long Corridor, Marble Boat and more. After lunch in the restaurant, move on to the Temple of Heaven. Not really a single temple, the Temple of Heaven is an altar complex with a history dating back to the early 15th century. It is the largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings in China, a masterpiece of royal sacrificial buildings complexes and one of the best symbolic illustrations of Chinese cosmology. Marvel the amazing temples and learn how the emperors worship the god of heaven back in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Next, make your way over to the Pearl Market and shop for some souvenirs such as clothing, leather, jewelry, and electronics. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.

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Our guide Cindy Chen was great! She knew alot about the history of Tianamen, the forbidden city and the great wall. Even if we had to queue for some time she kept the conversation going and showed that she wanted the experience to be as good as possible for us!

It was a great pleasure to join Jack (guide) for a day across Beijing. He possess a lot of great knowledge and experience, and also added a visit to a tea place, and brought some good humour as well! Highly recommended !

the guide was friendly, came on time, spoked perfectly English, was knowing & explaining everything related to the life of the emperors in Beijing, would totally recommend!

Our timing was excellent, I didn’t have to wait very long in most lines. My guide and driver were very professional; I enjoyed everything!

Very good activity with Sophie as a guide. I recommend it :)