Mini Group Tour: Emperor For A Day, Forbidden City, Summer Palace - Beijing

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick-up from Beijing hotels within the 4th ring road, separate end point
  • Return Details :
    Drop-off from Beijing hotels within the 4th ring road
  • 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

Your program includes the Emperors official residence, the main Imperial Temple of worship and the Imperial Summer Holiday Resort. Experiencing these is truly an insight into the life of the Emperors of China. Beginning with Tiananmen square and the Forbidden city, the home to 3 Dynasties over 800 years. After exploring the grounds of the Forbidden city, you will visit the Temple of heaven the official symbol of Beijing-china">Beijing and the worlds largest temple and altar complex. After an appetizing Chinese lunch, your final destination is the largest imperial garden in Beijing built during the Qing Dynasty, The summer palace. You will explore the garden grounds, see an actual marble boat, and walk through the long corridor on the lakes edge referred to as the worlds longest art gallery. In addition there will be visits to Silk Gallery for a fascinating insight into the ancient culture of Chinese silk and pearl cultivation and jewelry.

Highlights

Instant Confirmation

Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

Led by a local guide

Lunch included

Vegetarian meal option available

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Tiananmen square (Tiananmen Guangchang), Beijing

Tiananmen Square is at the very centre of the modern city of Beijing. Bounded to the north by Tiananmen Gate and the Rostrum, to the west by the Great Hall of the People, to the east by the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History, and to the south by the imposing Qianmen Gate. Covering 44 hectares, it is the largest public square in the world. In the center of the square are the Monument to the Peoples Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall where Mao Tse Tungs embalmed body lies in state. It was from the Rostrum that Mao proclaimed the Peoples Republic of China on the 1st of October 1949. The most recognisable feature of the Rostrum is Maos portrait; a required backdrop for any photo visitors may take of themselves.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Forbidden city-The Palace Museum, Beijing

Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners throughout the history of Imperial China. Commoners caught in the Palace during this period were executed. Only once a year was a commoner allowed to pass through the central gate of the entrance to the city (reserved for the passage of the Emperor). From this Palace the emperors governed China, often rather erratically, as they tended to become lost in this self contained little world and rarely left it. A truly great monument to a great civilization.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Temple of heaven, Beijing

The temple of heaven dates back to the same period as the Forbidden City--1406 and is ranked among the most famous structures in China. The temple was used several times annually when the emperor, bearing the hopes and sins of the Chinese people, humbled himself before heaven and performed rituals calculated to insure good harvests. Another very interesting part of any visit to the Temple of Heaven is the activity in the Park. Frequented by many Beijingers who have retired, you will find them playing Chinese chess, dancing, performing Peking opera and doing Tai Chi among other popular activities. What was once the preserve of the Emperor is now a playground for the masses.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), Beijing

The summer palace is one of the finest landmarks in Beijing. The site has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged and embellished when Dowager Cixi began rebuilding in 1888 using money that was supposedly reserved for the construction of a modern navy academy. The lovely Kunming lake occupies three quarters of the area, and weather permitting you will get to travel part of the lake by boat. After this walk back along the Long Corridor. Somewhat similar in style to the covered bridge in Lucerne, this 728-meter long open sided corridor is decorated with 8,000 scenes including many from the emperors travels around the country.

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions

Professional guide

Lunch

Hotel pickup and drop-off (within 4 ring road)

Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum

Entry/Admission - Temple of Heaven

Entry/Admission - Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

You will need to walk through steep stairs and unpaved roads in certain sites. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Beijing hotels within 4th ring road. Please send an email to info@grayline.com.cn including your hotel name and any special requests.

Passport information is required for the forbidden city tickets booking, please forward each individual traveler's full name and passport number to info@grayline.com.cn.

Gratuity is not included and is left to individual discretion.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers