Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

Beijing’s Tiananmen Square
and Forbidden City

No sights in Beijing are of such importance to its development than Tiananmen Square and
the nearby Forbidden City. Samples of classical Chinese architecture while
walking through history; nothing topples these sites in the capital.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Little of what Beijing the centre of it all during the earlier dynasties remains. The sights you are about to admire today, date back from either the Ming or later Qing dynasties. Modern city tower blocks and futuristic buildings are rising as the city takes on a transformation in line with the country’s economic boom. As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history.

As a result, there is an unparalleled wealth of attractions to delight and intrigue visitors where the Tiananmen Square and the enclosed Forbidden City form the absolute epitome of a must-see. A morning walk in the footsteps of emperors in the Forbidden City and stroll through Tiananmen Square, the planet’s largest public plaza.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

09:00 - 13:00

Before 9 am, your guide and driver welcome you warmly at your centrally-located Beijing hotel for the start of seeing what has been on must-see Beijing wish lists.

We commence at Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public square in the world. It was from the balcony of the Tiananmen Gate, that on October 1st 1949 Chairman Mao proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China. His portrait on the south side of the gate still commemorates his spirit and leadership gazing onto Tiananmen Square. The square holds a strong symbolic meaning up until today with the Great Hall of the People and the granite obelisk (‘’The Monument to the People’s Heroes’), towering 125 feet high in the air as a symbol to those who perished during the revolution as the main points of interest.

Just crossing the busy street, you reach the main entrance to the Forbidden City. For hundreds of years, behind imposing walls over 10 metres high and surrounded by a moat 50 metres wide, complex rules and rituals dictated life in the Imperial Palace; a life that was a mystery and a wonder to ordinary Chinese people. Today, the gates of the Forbidden City lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history in what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture. The Forbidden City holds no less than 9000 rooms, separated by courtyards, ceremonial halls, and special places that are now visible for outsiders. The main 170 acres area, the home for 24 emperors, is one of the most visited places in the capital. One often may still feel some solitude when walking around the more secluded corners.

Your driver for the morning waits for you at the exit and transfers you back to your hotel in Beijing.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide only
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Beijing. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District and both Beijing’s International Airports are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Certain sights in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions. This tour is only operated in the morning.

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