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Beijing Full-Day Bus Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace

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    After pickup from your central Beijing hotel, set off through the city’s bustling streets by climate-controlled coach. On route, hear about Beijing’s history, and listen as your guide shares information about China’s culture.

    Stop first at the Forbidden City, near Tiananmen Square. The world’s largest historical palatial complex, this massive walled compound dates from the 15th century, and was home to 14 Ming and 10 Qin emperors. Tour the main pavilions, halls and courtyards — the complex houses 800 buildings — and admire the classical Chinese architecture as your guide shares tales of the royals who lived and ruled from here.

    Next, continue to the Temple of Heaven, a beautiful imperial spiritual complex built 600 years ago. Admire the religious buildings and see the magnificent Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, where the emperors prayed for fruitful harvests.

    After a set-menu Chinese lunch at a restaurant, indulge in some retail therapy at Chinese medicine outlets and the nearby Pearl Market.

    Then, travel to the Summer Palace. Created in 1750 as an imperial summertime retreat, this masterpiece of Chinese landscaping blends intricate pavilions, halls, bridges, lakes and rivers.

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll to admire the ornamental gardens, buildings, and other architectural gems, and then finish your tour with a central hotel drop-off.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    Tom was a great guide, very informative and helpful. Would definitely recommend to first time visitors.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Mineowndreams
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    It is an efficient way of seeing three important places in Beijing. It would be very difficult to organise tickets and visit these three places by ourselves, so the trip is quite good. The forbidden city is just series of buildings that we cannot enter...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Ari_L_UK
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The tour itself was great: good mix of locations, nice timeline, great guide, only had like 10 people. But we spent a bunch of time at a "pearl factory" and "Chinese Medicine university" both of which were just blatant tourist traps that had busloads like...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Nathan T
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    This was a great adventure. A lot seen and done. The stops at the Chinese health office and pearl shop were interesting and not a hard-sell presentation. Lunch was delicious and we were able to explore some of the areas on our own. The only...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank MinnesotaBrian65
    David y, Public Relations Manager at The Trippest Mini Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear MinnesotaBrian65, We are glad to hear that you had a good time in Beijing, meanwhile we feel sorry to learn that your trip didn't go so well as expected. We mainly offer Mini Group Tours with max 6 people as well as private tours,...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Knowing what I do now, I probably wouldn't have booked this tour for our trip to Beijing. It wasn't a bad tour by any means, but there are a few things to consider: 1. The Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace are more like parks...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    4  Thank fhornplayer
    David y, Public Relations Manager at The Trippest Mini Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear fhornplayer, We are glad to know that you're satisfied with our guide service and the lunch included in the itinerary, meanwhile we feel sorry to learn that your trip was not met to your expectations. We mainly offer Mini Group Tours with max 6...More

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    31 July 2019|
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    Response from DALE P | Reviewed this property |
    If I remember correctly pick up varied from 6:30 am to 7:30 am. Depends on how close to the Forbidden City your hotel is. Tour lasts about 12 - 13 hours give or take.
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    8 July 2019|
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    Response from tjb600 | Reviewed this property |
    They will call you or email you prior to tour. I think day or so before.
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