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Beijing: Tiananmen Square Entry Registration Service

1. Beijing: Tiananmen Square Entry Registration Service

Tiananmen Square is one of the largest squares in the world, occupying an area of 440,000 sq. meters at the center of Beijing, and is spacious enough to hold a gathering attended by 1 million people. Its history can trace back to the Ming dynasty. And in the hundreds of years thereafter, it has witnessed the rises and falls of the empire, the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the unprecedentedly large-scale demonstrations during the cultural revolution from 1966 to 1976, and the bloodshed in 1989. If the bricks paved on the ground can talk, each of them will have a lot of exciting or harrowing stories to share.

Beijing: Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City Walking Tour

2. Beijing: Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City Walking Tour

Meet in front of Beijing Urban Planning Center(or your Beijing downtown hotel's lobby if you choose the private tour), follow your tour guide to enter Tian'anmen Square from the travel agency passage which save you some time. Once get on the Tian'anmen Square, your tour guide will introduce the buildings around you, including the The Great Hall of the People, The National Museum of China, The Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, The Monument to the People's Heroes. Learn how the building was brought to life. Hear about the history events that took place here over time. Walk through the square and enter through the Tian'anmen gate, then enter the Forbidden City from the Meridian Gate. The Forbidden City is the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world. You will visit the most important buildings along the middle axis of the palace, then visit two courtyards in the west chamber, be immersed in their history explained by your licensed and passionate guide. Lastly, you will visit the Imperial Garden and your tour will ends here, you can choose to explore more of the Forbidden City on your own, or your tour guide will advise where to catch a taxi to your next destination.

Beijing: The Temple of Heaven or Summer Palace Entry Ticket

3. 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: Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square Walking Tour

4. Beijing: Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square Walking Tour

Meet the guide at the Grand Hotel or in your downtown hotel lobby if you choose a private tour (at your own transportation expense). First, visit Tian'anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Then, walk from the South Meridian Gate to the Forbidden City. Spend a couple of hours wandering around this imperial palace, which served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government. Delve into the history of the palace, which hosted both the Ming and Qing dynasties for around 500 years. Explore the southern section (the Outer Court), where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. Continue to the northern section (the Inner Court) to see where he lived with his royal family. After the Forbidden City, choose to just spend more time at the Forbidden City, visit Jinshan Park on your own, or have the guide help you find a taxi to go back to the hotel.

Beijing: Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square Tour

5. Beijing: Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square Tour

Choose to visit both the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square, or else pick a tour with 3 locations, including Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Mutianyu Great Wall. Begin with pickup at your hotel ( private option) or make your way to a supper beautiful meeting point- National Center for the performing arts and meet the guide there. If you choose the tour with 2 locations, begin at the National Center for the Performing Arts, walk beside it to reach the entrance of the Tian'anmen Square and enter into it through agency entrance, walk through the whole square. See the memorial hall of Chairman Mao, Great hall of People and National museum and so on, all the top important and famous architectures are all in and around it . Spend some time for pictures and listen to the history of dynasties change. Afterward, enter the Forbidden City to explore this largest wooden complex Palace in the world that was built in 1404 by Emperor Zhudi. Next, walk to the Forbidden City and see the emperor's original throne, the dragon lady's bedroom, and all of the treasure inside. Head to the imperial garden at the exit. Admire the trees here, and then exit the Forbidden City to finish the tour. Finish at the Shen-Wu Gate. Start earlier if you pick the option with 3 locations. Begin with pickup at your hotel, then drive to the Mutianyu Great Wall. Spend some time here to admire this iconic landmark. Buy lunch and relax. After eating, transfer back to Tian'anmen Square. Explore it with your guide for a short while.

Beijing: Tiananmen, Forbidden City, and Wall Private Tour

6. 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: Tiananmen Square Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

7. Beijing: Tiananmen Square Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

This mesmerising tour of Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing, and a world famous cultural landmark, features many of the most famous sights in the city. See the mausoleum where the body of Mao Zedong lies, and other great works of Communist architecture such as the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People, the distinctive National Performing Centre for the Arts, the National Museum of China, the highly unusual China Numismatic Museum, the Zhengyamen Gate, the Tiananmen Gates, Chang'an Avenue, and the Forbidden City, the fascinating home of generations of Chinese royalty, with thousands of rooms. A wonderful overview of the sights of Tiananmen Square, this tour is both interesting and informative. A visit to Tiananmen Square is essential for any visitor to Beijing. Your tour. Your way.

Beijing: Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City Private Tour

8. Beijing: Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City Private Tour

Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel, your private tour will begins with a visit to the stunning Temple of Heaven visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven. Stroll around the garden with your tour guide, watching local people doing morning exercises and you are welcome to join! Follow your tour guide to stroll around the courtyards in the Temple of Heaven park, learn the histories and stories about the temple with your tour guide, get to know what an emperor's worship looks like. You will visit major buildings inside the park, including Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, Hall or Imperial Zenith, Echo Wall, Nine Dragon Cypress, Circular Mount Alter and more. After lunch in the local restaurant, then head to the Tienanmen Square, home to the National Museum of China and many other buildings. If there is anything you particularly want to see, feel free to let your guide know. The best thing about having a private guide is that the tour can be tailored to the things that interest you the most. Pass through the south gate to the magnificent Forbidden City, a 250-acre complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens, which served as the imperial palace for emperors and their households for more than 500 years. Follow your tour guide to explore most important buildings inside the Forbidden city, Hall of Great Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony, Hall of Preserving Harmony, Hall of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Union, Hall of Earthly Tranquility and the Imperial Garden. If you want to spend more time to explore the Forbidden city just let your tour guide know. After the tour finish, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Beijing.

Beijing: Private Sightseeing Nighttime Tour with Transfer

9. Beijing: Private Sightseeing Nighttime Tour with Transfer

Meet your guide in your hotel's lobby, hop into your private vehicle and set off on your 4 hour night tour. Taking in most of Beijing's city iconic attractions, you’ll see how just magical the capital is at nightfall, with beautifully lit buildings lining its bustling streets. 1: Night sightseeing tour to Beijing's night life zone Tour including the following places:(it may change depending on the traffic and other conditionals) -Pass along Chang'an Avenue, the most important and political street in Beijing. -Discover the Qianmen Shopping and food street, get the unique opportunity to taste tarantulas, crickets, and other bugs (at your own cost) -Stroll around Tian'anmen square which is regarded as the largest city central square in the world. If you want to watch the flag lowering ceremony on Tian'anmen square, please indicate when make booking. (Square need to make reservation at least one day in advance) -Discover the charm of the National Centre for the Performing Arts. The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. -Stroll around the Houhai lake area to enjoy a piece of charm. Follow your tour guide to walk through the Hutong area and explore the shops. -Driving pass by Beijing National Stadiums for some awesome night pictures (If you want to stop for photos, we will park our car and let you walk around the park) -Driven by the CCTV headquarter. The most remarkable architecture in China. -Drive by Central Business District- Beijing's Manhattan area. You can't miss the shopping centers here, they are well known from their massive LED lights and very colorful. You will end your tour by transferring back to your centrally located hotel in Beijing or any places in central Beijing. 2: Night sightseeing tour with dinner If you booked the night tour with dinner, you will choose to visit 3-4 nightlife zone and dinner in the local restaurant, you can choose Yunnan cuisine, famous Peking Duck dinner, or Hotpot or maybe Dim sum or Sichuan, just feel free to discuss with your tour guide, they will take you to the right place. 3: Night sightseeing tour with amazing night shows Enjoy amazing night shows such as Chinese acrobatic show, Kungfu show or Peking opera, followed by the night sightseeing tour with private transfer. 4: Night sightseeing tour with Hutong food tasting. Night tour plus Hutong food tasting is a great combination. Eat as the locals eat and see what the locals see on a food-focused walking tour through Hutong allays. Let your knowledgeable local guide know what your preferences are or follow their itinerary to ensure you sample the best that Beijing has to offer. Some food you might try on the way include Jianbing(Beijing pankage), Beijing snack sets, Muslim Kabobs, Malatang (hotpot), soup dumplings, and the famous Erguotou(liquor) in Beijing

Beijing: Forbidden City Temple of Heaven with Hutong Tours

10. Beijing: Forbidden City Temple of Heaven with Hutong Tours

This amazing classic city tour of Beijing that includes both visiting the most popular attractions and also some small historic alleys. You will start your day from walking around the Tian'anmen Square, heading to Forbidden City, understanding the local life in the hutongs and end up your day by going to Temple of Heaven. Hotel transfer and entrance tickets are all included. You can choose different Language.

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Great experience! I was worried that maybe I am not getting the ticket, but Li informed me that I booked a different date. Nevertheless she corrected it and sent me the ticket (QR code) via phone. Then they just read it at the gate. No worries.

Vivian was an excellent guide host. She was very enthusiastic and energetic. Her knowledge about Beijing is so wide and she cared for the confort of the group everytime. We had a great time and a lot of amazing photos thanks to Vivian.

Our guide Jacob was professional, serious, passionate, patient and make the trip an amazing experience. No better way to start our travel in china. We suggest as best tour in Beijing.

Amber was an amazing guide! She was so knowledgeable about the local area and spoke incredible English! I would recommend her tour without any hesitation.

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!