This half-day sightseeing tour takes you on a journey from Beijing’s imperial past to its future as a mega metropolis. Gain an architectural and historical perspective as you learn about dynastic emperors in the Forbidden City.
What to Expect
After a pick-up from your hotel, your guide will take your small group through the South Gate of the Forbidden City; the Imperial Palace for emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Containing up to 800 buildings and some 9,000 chambers, the area was strictly forbidden to the general public. Stand before the Meridian Gate and take in the wonders of the monumental grounds, including the striking gold and red hues of the imperial city.
Your guide will explain the significance of the intricate design and inform you about its history. Listen to anecdotes about China's Empress Dowager Tzu-hsi, who wielded power as head of the Qing Dynasty for half a century, and learn the fate of the last emperor.
Continue your sightseeing tour through a modern cityscape where future plans for urban development mix with the conservation of old Beijing. Your guide will inform you about the Japanese occupation, communist party rule and the global shift toward Beijing as a new center of power. Learn about Nixon and Kissinger's visit to China and their secret discussions with Mao Zedong as you view Soviet monuments of glass and chrome.
Head to the Summit Wing, a remarkable space near the top of the 81-floor China World Trade Tower III. Enjoy unrivaled views over the historic city center, including the hutongs, which demonstrate Beijing’s organic development with their narrow alleys that separate traditional courtyard homes.
After your visit, stop for lunch and a local beer in one of the capital's best microbreweries. After lunch you will make your own way back to your hotel.
- Hotel pick-up (one way transfer service)
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees
- Lunch and beer at a microbrewery
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel drop off
Know Before You Go
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
• This is a small-group tour limited to 10 ensures a more personalized experience