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
  • 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 :
    This activity is non-refundable 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

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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 - Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

Entry/Admission - Echo Wall

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Entry/Admission - Hall of Great Harmony (Taihe Dian)

Entry/Admission - Palace of Heavenly Purity


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

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Nov-2019

    Fun day out with Lucy, she had loads of information and knew all the right places to take photos. Definitely recommend Lucy if your going visit to Beijing.

  • 10-Nov-2019

    My husband and I very much enjoyed our private tour of the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City. We recently moved to Beijing, so learning how to work the public transportation was exceptionally valuable to us. Our tour guide was very helpful with making sure we knew the ropes, and even went out of his way to help us procure permanent subway passes! We were very grateful. My one complaint was that our tour guide was on his phone far too much. I would not expect any tour guide while working to be on their phone, but the amount of texting and phone calls that went on was very unprofessional. We would of course been understanding had their been a family emergency or something of the sort, but nothing was really explained to us. We felt as if it detracted from the tour and took away from us learning things about the sites we were visiting.

  • 20-Aug-2019

    The day was wet but not our enthusiasm. Lucy was very knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed the sites we visited. We had seen the forbidden city 12 years ago but now it has been opened up further. Lucy was very good at showing the best vantage points and things to see, we coyld not have gained as much insight on our own. Highly recommend and ask for Lucy

  • 15-Apr-2019

    Miko gave us an unforgettable tour. He is very knowledgeable & polite. We recommend hin again. Thank you!

  • 15-Apr-2019

    Miko was a great tour guide! Very considerate and knowledgeable - wasn’t pushy at all. During the tour someone got an upset stomach, and the whole time Miko always checked in to make sure they were ok. Highly recommend!

  • 25-Mar-2019

    We spent our first full day in China with Lucy in March 2019 as she guided us competently through Beijing and taught us how to use the subway system to get around. We've taken a lot of tours and Lucy is the best of the best! Friendly and professional, she communicates clearly and concisely, has a good sense of humor, and has the ability to tie together the history of China, its people, and the sites of Beijing in a coherent, interesting, and fun way. She met us at our hotel and went out of her way to make sure the tour ended in an area with which we were familiar. My husband and I were very impressed with her and realized by the end of the tour, just how little most Americans really know about China. We were so glad we made the trip to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. Thank you, Lucy, for making our day special!

  • 12-Jan-2019

    Eine tolle sehr informative Führung von Becky. Die Fahrt mit Bus und U-Bahn waren abenteuerlich und spannend. Die Erzählungen zu den Sehenswürdigkeiten waren sehr gut und für uns in verständlichem Englisch. Besonders ist auch der Einsatz unseres Guides Becky zu erwähnen. Der Geldautomat ATM hat unsere Kreditkarte geschluckt. Durch Becky besonderen Einsatz konnten wir die Karte noch am selben Tag bei der Bank abholen. Thank you very much Becky!

  • 08-Jan-2019

    Lucy was a wonderful guide. (16th-Dec-2018). I was looking forward to a tour of Beijing and Lucy did not disappoint! She arrived on time and was very happy to greet us! The city is full of amazing sights and Lucy was able to point them out to us and share the story and significance of each place. The Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City are a must for all first timers to Beijing. By the end of the tour, Lucy helped us feel almost like we where locals.

  • 09-Oct-2018

    Jason was great. He met us in our hotel lobby in the morning. We had some time to get a quick breakfast so he took us to get an authentic Beijing breakfast. Afterwards, we took the subway to Temple of Heaven and then the bus to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Jason was very helpful with providing history of the sites we were seeing, as well as Chinese history and culture in general. He also provided great recommendations for places to go where the locals frequent for a more authentic glimpse into what it’s like to live in Beijing. Highly recommend Jason to anyone thinking of visiting Beijing!

  • 05-May-2018

    Lucy was our guide and she is incredible!! So knowledgeable and very funny. Her English is excellent and she answered everyone of the plethora of questions we asked throughout the day. We were able to travel around like locals, which was very fun. Going through public transportation built our confidence in getting around for the rest of the trip. The sites we visited were breathtaking, and what made them better was the rich history that Lucy shared with us! It's one thing to see a 600 year old city, it's something entirely different to understand why it was built and the story behind the rise and fall of the rulers that lived there. I would highly recommend this tour. We had a great time and saw so much of Beijing in such a short time! Thank you Lucy!

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