Private City Tour By Public Transportation: Temple Of Heaven, Tiananmen Square And Forbidden City - Beijing

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    8:00am,9:00am,10:00am or 11:00am
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your tour guide will pick you up from your Beijing city hotel's lobby by holding your name sign
  • Return Details :
    Your hotel or sites in the city
  • 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.


Beijing-china">Beijing features a remarkably comprehensive and efficient public-transportation system. So to truly experience China's capital the way that locals do, there is no better way than getting around the city by bus and metro. During this 6-hour tour, participants will have the opportunity to visit the famous Temple of heaven,Tian'anmen square and Forbidden city by utilizing Beijing public transportation system. This guided tour of the city allows you to experience it like a local and get to know Beijing and its dwellers as they live their everyday life. Traveling by public transportation gives more flexibility and it's value for money.


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Private guide for a more personalized experience

Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

All entrance fees included

Hotel pickup included

Know More about this tour

After meeting your guide at your hotel lobby, your will first visit the Temple of heaven by taking the metro or bus (subject to your hotel location).

It is so much fun in The temple of heaven in the morning as you can see many local retired folks doing morning exercises here. You can join any kinds of activities if you like. Meanwhile, you will get to know all the detailed stories and histories about this temple from your tour guide.

Then you will take a double-decker bus from the temple to the Tian'anmen Square (the World's largest public square). Walk through the Tian'anmen square towards to The Forbidden city (an UNESCO World Heritage Site). In fact, Beijing is dominated by this huge Imperial Palace from 1420 to 1912.

The common English name, "the Forbidden city", is a translation of the Chinese name Zijin Cheng. Zi means "Purple", refers to the North Star, was the realm of the Celestial Emperor and his family. As the residence of the terrestrial emperor, was its earthly counterpart. Jin, or "Forbidden", referred to the fact that no one could enter or leave the palace without the emperor's permission. Cheng means a city. Your guide will also introduce the history and interesting stories of each building here.

Exit the Forbidden city from the North Gate, then you will take a bus back to your hotel, or The place you wish to visit in the city.

After this tour, you will be able to travel around Beijing like a local by buses and metro, which is a very convenient and inexpensive way to explore the city. Guests are also encouraged to ask questions about touring other parts of the city, getting insider tips and visitor information along the way.

The time of the beginning of the tour can be changed upon your request.
Here is a general schedule for the tour:

  • 8:30am - Guide meets you at your hotel to depart for the Temple of heaven
  • 9:00am to 10:30am - Take a tour of The temple of heaven
  • 10:30am to 11:00am -Heading to the Tian'anmen square
  • 11:00am to 1:30pm - Tian'anmen square ,Forbidden city Tour
  • 1:30pm to 2:00pm - Return to your hotel in Beijing center or the site you want to visit in the city


Hotel pickup

Public transportation costs

Private tour

English speaking guide

Entrance fee

Entry/Admission - Temple of Heaven

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum


Additional entrance fee (inner sites of major attractions)

Food and drinks

Hotel drop-off


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Passport name and number is required at time of booking for all participants (for getting your Forbidden City entrance ticket in advance)

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Please wear comfortable walking shoes

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 30-Mar-2018

    What better way to become fully immersed in Beijing culture?! This tour was incredible and our tour advisor Roy added the perfect touch! Roy is extremely knowledgeable and engaging. There wasn’t a single answer he couldn’t answer, and our kids asked a lot! Also, public transport was very easy to do

  • 23-Aug-2017

    Our tour with Alice was awesome and wonderful. She was very informative and helpful and wasn't rushing us. Just a few notes on this tour. Be prepared on walking for more than 15km for the whole tour under the sun during summer. Also be prepared to rush on top of buses with the locals

  • 20-Aug-2017

    My tour included the Temple of Heaven, Tian An Men square and the Forbidden City. My guide Roy Li was very knowlegdeable, and had plenty of interesting facts to share about all the locations and about Beijing and China in general. Using public transport is the most convenient form of travelling and Beijing and allows you to catch a glimpse in every day life for its inhabitants. Roy also gave me advice on other attractions close to these sites and around the city, another trip is definitively needed!

  • 27-Jul-2017

    Excellent!. The best way of experiencing the day to day of the locals. We enjoyed using the bus and the subway. The places visited were very beautiful and with a lot of history. Very professional guide. Very good English.

  • 15-May-2017

    Our day with Roy Li was wonderful! He is very knowledgeable about history and presents it in an interesting way. It was very worthwhile to have Roy walk with us and tells us all about the important characters in history and why they are noteworthy. He was able to answer all of our questions and we even had time to visit the Chaumet jewelry exhibit from France. It was good to have him take us thtough the subway and bus systems. Roy has the perfect personality for this work and he enjoys it.

  • 23-Apr-2017

    Such an interesting day! It was our first day in Beijing and we couldn't have asked for a better guide than Coco. First of all we had gotten in very late the night before and were worried about the early pick up time. We called and asked if we could start 2 hours later and were told yes! Very accommodating and much appreciated. As soon as we met Coco we knew we were going to have a great day. She was so warm and sweet and welcoming and off we went on the subway! We traveled via the subway public busand lots and lots of walking! We saw many of the iconic spots of Beijing and were pleased with the info Coco shared with us. The Forbidden City is a marvel and we loved the smaller, charming Temple of Heaven. We stopped for a noodle lunch with the locals and loved being a part of that.
    It was a perfect idea to be with a guide on the first day to help us get used to the public transportation. It made it easier to navigate in the days to come. We loved our day with Coco and would highly recommend her to show you the amazing sites of Beijing!

  • 06-Dec-2016

    Good fun and a good guide helped us see the main sights of Beijing. Once we had used the metro once we saw how easy it was to get around by ourselves.