Beijing Historical Tour Including The Summer Palace, Lama Temple And The Panda Garden

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  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Tour departs from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway
    Dates: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
    Return point: Returns to original departu.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit two of Beijings most important historic sites on a full-day tour that features the Lama temple (Yonghegong) and UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace. You also see giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo, stop at a pearlmarket and tea house, and relax over a Chinese-style lunch. Your experienced guide provides informative commentary on the history and culture of each site, as well as background on China's famous panda bears and an introduction to modern Beijing. Enjoy time for photos and questions at each stop on this fascinating Beijing sightseeing tour.

Highlights

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Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Lunch included

All entrance fees included

Get up-close to native wildlife

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Your day starts with pickup from your centrally located Beijing hotel by air-conditioned coach and a short drive to Lama temple, one of Beijings most famous monasteries.

Lama temple boasts five large halls that are decorated with colorful carvings, murals, ceremonial objects and statues of the Buddha in various incarnations. Your guide takes you through the stunning complex, explaining the significance of the items that you see. Admire one of the temples highlights, a towering statue of Maitreya Buddha that stands 59 feet high (18 meters) and was carved from a single piece of white sandalwood.

Next up, visit the Beijing zoo to see its beloved residents, the giant pandas. The endangered panda bears are native to China and considered a national treasure. Watch the pandas munch on bamboo, play and lounge in their large enclosures, which resemble their natural habitat.

After enjoying the panda antics, relax while eating a Chinese-style lunch. Then head to The summer palace, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

Originally built in 1750 as a summer retreat for the emperor, the UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace was razed twice by foreign armies and completely rebuilt. Enjoy great photo ops as you follow your guide around the grounds, which boast ornately decorated temples, pavilions, gardens, bridges and covered walkways. Longevity Hill and Kunming lake take up most of the 1.1 square mile (2.9 square kilometer) site. Your guide points out highlights such as the Marble Boat, a lakeside pavilion that was restored in 1893 for Empress Cixi.

Wrap up your day with a stop at pearl store where you have the option to shop for high quality pearl, as well as a tea cenemonybefore your guide returns you to your hotel to end your tour.

Inclusions

Transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach/mini-van

Pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located within 4th ring circle highway

If your hotel is located out of 4th Ring Circle Highway, please go to Prime Hotel to join the tour at 07:30AM. (Add: No. 2, Wangfujing Ave. Tel: +86-10-65136666)

Professional English-speaking tour guide

Chinese style lunch

Entry/Admission - Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

Entry/Admission - Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

Entry/Admission - Beijing Zoo

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Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Confirmation tour will be received at time of booking

Infants aged 2 years and under travel free of charge, providing they are not occupying a seat.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 20-Jan-2020

    We went on a 1 day tour in January. First stop was the zoo at 7.45am to see the pandas, then a walk around Summer Palace (note: you do not go up to the palace) and then the tour takes a swift turn at 10.30am to be all about selling. We were taken to a pearl factory where there is immense pressure for you to buy things and then a tea ceremony where we were scammed by sales people and ended up paying $115 AU for two 100g teas! Disgraceful to take advantage of tourists like this and the experience was certainly ruined after that. The guides clearly make commission off sales and encourage it instead of protecting against. Would not recommend.

  • 12-Sep-2018

    Mr. Lee took us to the Summer Palace and Panda Garden, that was all good. After that he took us to a silk showroom. At the showroom Mr. Lee encourages us to buy things obviously because he gets a cut of whatever we buy. This was followed by a pearl showroom, where again he is encouraging us to buy things. When you don't buy something he comes up to you and encourages you to go look more closely at all the things they sell. After this we were supposed to go to the Lama Temple, but he then suggested that we instead should go to the Temple of Heaven. The reason for this is that he has an arrangement with a tea store right outside of the Temple of Heaven. There they will make you tea and show you how tea should be drank and prepared. After this he encourages you to buy things. After this he took us to a foot massage place for $3 foot massages, they also offer medications they you "need" based on a pulse reading. These medications cost $120. During the tour he tells you about how sick his mother is and how expensive is to care for her and that he watches after her when he is not working. This we felt was done on his part as to not make us upset that he tries to make extra money off of us. We felt that it was unprofessional for him to include and exclude things that were not on the agenda. In addition, we didn't like the pressure he put on us to buy things.

  • 29-Aug-2018

    We enjoyed this tour a lot. Summer Palace is beautiful and the Lama Temple is fascinating. We paid extra to do the boat entry and I thought it added something. But advised that the title is misleading. You tour through the grounds of the Summer Palace. You don't go into anything. If you are looking to really get into the Summer Palace, this isn't your tour.

    But all and all it was fun and our guide did a very nice job. I enjoyed it.

  • 11-Apr-2018

    It was great to see the panda's, Lama Temple and Summer Palace, but you also go to a silk and pearl factory, which aren't factories at all. They are just stores which they aggressively try to sell you things. Also, if they offer the boat tour to the summer palace for 140 yuan, I would pass, it's nothing really exciting about it.

  • 18-Mar-2018

    This was a very good tour to get a feel for a Beijing first visit. Great guide, very well organized. The Panda's were awesome. Great value for the price.

  • 25-Dec-2017

    Great day out

  • 25-Dec-2017

    It was nice and fun. Explored some highlights of Beijing with an informative tourguide. I really enjoyed it

  • 08-Dec-2017

    it was worth every penny we spent. left well equipped with knowledge about Beijing history , our guide was amazing and he explained everything in details he made the tour fun with he speaks very good english, he knows all stories about ancient Beijing.
    William our guide you are the best.....
    we cant wait to come back for another tour with you.

  • 30-Oct-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • 28-Oct-2017

    Great day! Marie was a good tour guide. I would suggest the tour company change the lunch location as it was sub par and a bit gross as compared to the lunch for the Forbidden City/Great Wall tour.

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