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Beijing: Tiananmen, Forbidden City, and Mutianyu Great Wall

Product ID: 54389
Explore the former home of 24 Chinese emperors in Beijing's Forbidden City. Be stunned by the scale of Tiananmen Square. Then, drive by coach to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, visit a jade factory and more. Lunch is included.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Chinese, English

Pickup included

At your hotel inside the Third Ring Road in the East and inside the Second Ring Road in the North, West, and South.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the imperial palace of the Forbidden City, former home to 24 Chinese emperors
  • Visit the best-preserved section of the Great Wall of China at the Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Enjoy the company of only English-speaking travelers in the coach and an English-speaking guide
Itinerary
  • Beijing

  • 60 minutes

  • Tiananmen Square (guided tour)

  • Forbidden City (guided tour)

  • 60 minutes

  • Shopping, jade factory

  • 30 minutes

  • Mutianyu Great Wall (lunch, free time)

  • Cable car optional

  • 1 hour

  • Shopping, tea ceremony

  • 30 minutes

  • Beijing

6 hours

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Start this tour of 2 of Beijing's most iconic monuments with a pick-up between 06:30 AM and 07:30 AM. Transfer by comfortable vehicle to Tiananmen Square, a journey of approximately 1 hour. Enjoy around 10 minutes to take in the monuments of Tiananmen Square and be awed by one of the largest squares in the world.

Then, enter the largest and best-preserved palatial complex of the imperial era and walk along the central axis of the Forbidden City. See the palaces from north to south and follow in the footsteps of the Ming and Qing emperors. Marvel at the defensive walls and the intricate pavilions on the towers.

Next, take a 1-hour drive to Changping District (formerly Changping County) and make a short 45-minute visit to a jade carving shop. Admire the skillful handiwork of the jade carvers. Then enjoy a traditional lunch in a Chinese restaurant. Continue to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China and choose the option with cable car to be up to the wall's walkway.

One of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China, the Mutianyu Great Wall is located 70km northeast of Beijing. Experience the wall much as it was when it was first built, and admire the breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.

After 2 hours of walking over the wall, you will return to Beijing downtown, where you will have the chance to learn about the Chinese traditional medicine culture and experience a foot massage. Finishing the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel around 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM depending on the order of hotel drop off.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (inside the Third Ring Road in the East and inside the Second Ring Road in the North, West, and South)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance tickets
  • English-speaking guide
  • Typical Chinese lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Tips for the guide and driver
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Please note that this tour is only available to foreign guests. No Chinese guests may join the tour
• Please note that pickup will take place between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM
• Your guide will contact you the evening before the tour to confirm the pickup time and they will call your room upon arrival at your hotel on the day of travel
• Please note that depending on traffic conditions, the return time may be later than stated
• Hotel pickup and drop-off is only possible inside the Third Ring Road in the East and inside the Second Ring Road in the North, West, and South
• If your hotel is located in an apartment, the nearest hotel will be the pickup place
• If your hotel is located in the hutong area, you might need to wait at the main road as the vehicle could not enter
• There will be a couple of shopping stops during the tour. Making purchases is optional.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 177 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Super Cheap trip included with a delicious lunch. Able to see most of the big highlights in Beijing. Though, the tempo is high without much of explantion of the tour guide. Great if youre on a short time notice. Perhaps pick another tour if you want to spend more time at the locations and know more about the background.

January 29, 2020

It was a very long day (13+hrs), not helped by a massive traffic jam on the way home. We missed the tea house as a result. But Wilson was a great guide, kept us moving all day to pack everything in. Could have spent less time at Jade Factory and lunch and more at either Forbidden City or Great Wall but when you only have limited time, this ticks the boxes. The van is pretty cramped with 13 people in the back. Even the security guard at the Wall was surprised how many people were in the back!

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November 4, 2019

Great price. Great included food and great tour itself.

November 18, 2019

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Product ID: 54389