Lonely Planet Experiences Private Beijing Insight Tour

7 hr

Day Trip

Looking for the ultimate private Beijing city tour? This just might be it. Hit the icons, partake in local activities, ride the subway, and gain insight into life as a local right here on this Beijing city tour. Meet your local guide at the east gate of Temple of Heaven metro station, and start your Beijing tour with a bit of morning exercise with locals in one of the city’s most popular parks and historical...
Looking for the ultimate private Beijing city tour? This just might be it. Hit the icons, partake in local activities, ride the subway, and gain insight into life as a local right here on this Beijing city tour. Meet your local guide at the east gate of Temple of Heaven metro station, and start your Beijing tour with a bit of morning exercise with locals in one of the city’s most popular parks and historical sites, Temple of Heaven Park. It is full of people of all ages taking part in traditional pastimes such as tai chi, fan dancing, diablo, kite flying, water calligraphy, and more. Join in some of the activities, soaking up the park’s relaxed atmosphere. Visit the temple and ritual sites inside, where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for good harvests. From there, jump on Beijing's subway to travel to the very heart of the city for a visit to one of Beijing's icons: Tiananmen Square. As we wander through this immense square your local guide will enlighten you as to why Tiananmen is so special to the Chinese people. From there, we'll pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (adorned with its famous Mao portrait) to enter the famed Forbidden City. Off-limits to most of the world for 500 years, this ‘city’ houses the best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China, and is a must-see spot in Beijing. Discover some of its secrets and learn about some of the legends while enjoying a tour through its many buildings. After leaving the Forbidden City, we’ll grab a simple lunch at a local restaurant to devour tasty authentic Chinese food. Then we will continue to gain a new perspective of the immensity of the Forbidden City from the top of the pagoda in Jingshan Park. High on a hill overlooking the city, this is the best place to take in stunning views of not only the Forbidden City, but the ancient heart of Beijing. Your private Beijing tour will end in Jingshan Park, where you are free to spend more time exploring or head back into the heart of Beijingto take in more of the city’s sights. IMPORTANT: Chinese law requires that all travellers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and birthdate to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in a traveller not being able to join their tour, or for the entire group to be denied access to sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. When you book this tour, please be sure to fill out all fields at checkout. Please also enter your passport number into the 'Additional Information' box and bring your passport with you on the tour.  (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Beijing Insight group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
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Important Details

Highlights
  • Blend in with the locals by taking part in their morning exercises in temple of heaven park
  • Admire the magnificence of temple of heaven and learn the royal ritual sacrifice to heaven
  • Explore the iconic tiananmen square and understand its local significance
  • Tour the forbidden city and discover its secrets
  • Indulge in a tasty, typical local lunch
  • Ride the beijing subway and experience how locals travel around the city
  • Climb to the top of jingshan park for great views over ancient beijing
  • Each lonely planet experience comes with six-months free access to lonely planet’s guides app which includes over 8,000 destinations guides and unbeatable discounts to lonely planet guidebooks.
  • Local impact: how you will help the local community by joining this tour:
  • Your tour includes entrance fees to temple of heaven park and the forbidden city, fees that help preserve these sites of cultural significance.
  • You will have lunch at a local restaurant that supports a family from a nearby village.
  • The food you'll enjoy at lunch is made up of all local dishes using ingredients right from beijing.
Included
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Entry to temple of heaven park and historical sites inside
  • Entry to forbidden city
  • Entry to jingshan park
  • Subway fare
  • Lunch.   
Not Included
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips / gratuities for guide.
Departure Point
Outside East Gate of the Temple of Heaven. Take Metro Line 5 to Tiantandongmen Station.Note: The Forbidden City requires visitors' full names and passport numbers. Please provide this information when you book and bring your passport with you on the tour.
Additional Info
  • During national holidays and on weekend sights in Beijing can be extremely crowded. If you wish to avoid the busiest times we recommend visiting Beijing outside of these periods or taking your Urban Adventures tour on a weekday.

    IMPORTANT: Chinese law requires that all travellers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and birthdate to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in a traveller not being able to join their tour, or for the entire group to be denied access to sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. When you book this tour, please be sure to fill out all fields at checkout. Please also enter your passport number into the 'Additional Information' box and bring your passport with you on the tour.

Voucher Requirements

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.

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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel for a full refund up to 72 hours before the start of your experience. If you do not show up for the experience or fail to cancel at least 72 hours in advance, you will not receive a refund.