Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace
Departure: Except Monday
Pick-up travelers from hotel on departure time between 7:30am and 8:00am, This tour starts at Tiananmen Square with its plentitude of monuments testifying to the communist, and more specifically, Mao’s influence on China’s modern history. From there you will proceed to the Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palaces group with 500 years history in the world. Visit the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north for 2 hours. On the way to Temple of Heaven, you will have a chance to visit the Chinese traditional medicine culture. After having a short rest, we’ll visit the Temple of Heaven – the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. The visit to Temple of Heaven takes about 1 hour.
Forbidden City Important Notice:
1. Forbidden City is closed for the entire day every Monday, except the Chinese national public holidays and the summer vacation from Jul 01 to Aug. 31;
Forbidden City Opening Hours:
Proceed to the Temple of Heaven, the place where the Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. It is located in the southern part of Beijing, and had been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors.
Temple of Heaven Travel Tips:
The park is so huge. You are advised to wear your most comfortable shoes. It’s a long walk! For summer time, be ready to bring an umbrella for sun protection, and bottles of water. Inside the huge park, there is a lovely temple complex, which is composed of three main parts – Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and Circular Mound Altar sitting along an axis from south to north.
Don’t miss the Cypress Grove. Old cypress trees are worth having a close look. Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years old. Dr Henry Kissinger, when he visited the temple, stated that while the USA could recreate the Temple of Heaven if it desired, it could not create the trees!
Temple of Heaven Opening Hours:
Continue to visit Summer Palace, one of China’s largest imperial garden. Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860.
Summer Palace Travel Tips:
Normally it takes 2 hours to walk around Summer Palace. Visiting Summer Palace needs a bit b legs with a lot walking since Summer Palace is huge.
Dress for the hot or cold weather. The summer in Beijing could be humid and close, sometimes extremely hot. Also winter could be very cold. So well prepared for the uncomfortable weather both in winter and summer. You are advised to wear your most comfortable shoes.
Summer Palace presents itself with different views for different seasons. Winter sees people skiing on the Kunming Lake; Spring time finds people breathe under fresh trees and flowers; Summer time often sees Summer Palace in a foggy day like a beautiful “water and mountain” Chinese scroll painting. Autumn is the best time walking around Summer Palace, clear and blue sky with comfortable weather.
Summer Palace even at different times of a day allows you to see the different views under sunrise in the morning and sunset in the later afternoon.
Summer Palace Opening Hours:
Lunch: Typical Chinese lunch
After the layover tour, return to your hotel around 5:30pm.
Just a Kindly Reminder:
This group day tour is available daily all the year round. Each morning, you will be picked up from your midtown hotel, then you will go visit the major attractions together with other tourists. Groups are kept to about 10-15 passengers in an air-conditioned coach or van with a professional Beijing chauffeur and a licensed Beijing English speaking tour guide on board who will pass on their knowledge of the sites including facts, stories and local information. There are two shopping stops on the tour.
1. On the evening before your tour departure early next morning, you will get a call to your hotel room or message at your hotel front desk from your tour guide to reconfirm your next morning’s pickup time which is normally set around 7:00am.
Wear casually and pay attention to the climate in Beijing.
Only English-speaking travelers in the coach;
If you have some free time in the evening, you are kindly advised to join some of the Beijing night shows or night tours below to supplement your daytime activity.
On this tour, you will explore two world-famous China attractions in Beijing, the Badaling Great Wall and the Summer Palace. The Great Wall is a symbol of China and one the Eight Wonders of the World, and the Summer Palace is one of the world culture heritages in China and considered the best-preserved imperial garden of its kind in the world.
This is a full day tour to explore Beijing and visit the city’s renown historical sites like the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace without shopping.
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