The Forbidden City

The Central Axis of Beijing Full-day Tour

Product ID: 56719

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Key Details
8 hours
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Chinese, English

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What You'll Do
  • Visit Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public plazas in the world
  • Enter The Forbidden City for an extensive tour through the vast complex
  • Have a Chinese box lunch picnic in Jingshan Park
  • Hike 10 to 15 mins to Jingshan Hill to enjoy a panoramic view over the city
  • Tour the Hutongs by Rickshaw and Walking
  • Have time to explore the shopping street Yandaixiejie, by the Drum Tower
  • Enjoy a breath-taking Acrobatic show
On this day tour you will visit Tian’anmen Square, The Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and the Hutongs near The Drum and Bell Towers. You will enjoy an overview of some of Beijing top sights along the Central Axis and end with a fantastic Acrobatic show.
What to Expect
On this one-day tour you can visit the best scenic spots along the Central Axis. This tour is designed for people who want to gain a good insight into Beijing’s attractions in one day. In addition visitors who would like to participate in cultural activities will definitely enjoy the Hutongs and the acrobatic show.

The tour starts at Exit B of Tiananmen East station on subway line 1 Tiananmen Square is located in the center of Beijing and is one of the largest public plazas in the world. Here you can learn the history of the establishment of modern China and visit monuments to the peoples’ heroes. The visit to Tiananmen Square takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

At roughly 10am you will enter The Forbidden City for an extensive tour through this vast complex – once the exclusive domain of Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors and their court. Walking into its imposing walls you will feel the prosperity of Chinese Imperial families. This segment of the trip starts from the Meridian Gate and ends at the Gate of Divine Prowess, and will take around two hours.

Next you’ll have a picnic style lunch in Jingshan Park with a traditional Chinese lunch box. After the lunch break, you’ll be hiking to the top of Jingshan Hill to enjoy the panoramic view over the Beijing Central Axis and city in total. You should be able to spot other popular Beijing sights like The National Theatre (shaped in an egg) and the White Pagoda inside Beihai Park.

The afternoon section will begin at 2:00 pm. You will start in the Hutongs, these neighborhoods represent the traditional lifestyles of local people in Beijing. Beijing City is laid out like a chess board with each Hutong running from north to south or east to west. Here you will take a rickshaw ride and discover old Beijing. You will also have the chance to visit a Siheyuan (courtyard/hutong) family and get to know some Beijing natives.

Then you’ll have some free time to do some gift shopping and food tasting in YanDaiXieJie, a hidden alley near the Drum tower. Along the street, there are many traditional Chinese restaurants providing delicacies from all over the country. You can also find an abundance of lovely souvenirs, such as: traditional clothing and accessories, the quotations and badges of Chairman Mao, Jingtailan pottery, Maliandao Green tea and more.

Finally you will take the subway to the Chaoyang Theater for the Acrobatic show at 5:30pm. Eye-catching performances, impressive technique and traditional music allow you to experience an entirely new perspective of Chinese folk arts.
What's Included
  • Entrance to attractions listed The Forbidden City, Jingshan Park
  • Hutong Tour and Rickshaw
  • Tickets to the Acrobatic Show
  • Lunch
  • Professional english speaking guide
  • WiFi access
  • T-shirts
  • Postcards
What's Not Included
  • Food, drink and souvenirs during the trip (other than lunch)
  • Hotel drop-off and pickup
  • Public transport (subway, bus tickets)
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

Outside at Exit B of Tian’anmen East station (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• You will be walking a lot, comfortable shoes are recommended
• Tour operates rain or shine

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