The Essence of Beijing’s Diversity

The Essence of
Beijing’s Diversity

Four of Beijing’s most recognizable landmarks fill this day, leaving every visitor in awe between
dusk and dawn. Get a sense of ancient China when emperors ruled, and where the
foundations were laid for the development of the country’s current capital.


Having grown at an exponential rate towards an ever-growing population, the skyline of modern Beijing has taken over from what used to be the capital of the Jin Dynasty. Little of that time has remained but awe-inspiring monuments such as the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City.

It is these monuments that keep Beijing bound to its rich and unsurpassable history at times when modern China continues to grow at an incredible pace. It is these contrasts that have given the Chinese capital such a dominant place in today’s world. We forget the modern architecture during this full-day and purely focus on the magnificence of its historical past.


The Essence of Beijing’s Diversity

08:00 - 18:00

Early morning, pick up from your centrally-located hotel, and we head straight to the world’s largest plaza – Tiananmen Square. To simply walk around this square is a great way to imagine the historical events of the 20th century that took place here. You will also see legendary landmarks including the Great Hall of the People and the towering 125-foot granite obelisk, called the Monument to the Peoples Heroes, honouring those who died in the revolution.

Opposite this large square lies the main entrance to the Forbidden City; the inner sanctum and palace where for centuries Chinese emperors ruled their world. It has a 9000-room maze of courtyards, places, and ceremonial halls, where 24 emperors lived. As the name implies, the Forbidden City was indeed a forbidden place, where commoners were kept out for nearly 500 years in the past.

Lunch is included during this day, and what else but sampling some local delicacies at a local restaurant before we move on to a stunning example of Chinese architecture: the Summer Palace. Constructed in 1888, with its imperial park and right next to the Kunming Lake, it once was a summer retreat for emperors. A leisurely cruise on the lake is included, as the perfect ending to a visit to this site.

We end the day by entering the compound of one of the most recognizable temples in Beijing. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 AD, specifically for the worship of heaven and prayers for good harvests during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Sprawling with green spaces, with the temple right in the heart of Tiantan Park, it is surrounded by various imperial complexes and buildings. During the day, local residents find respite from the hectic life in the capital, as well as use the grounds for activities.

We return to your hotel where you will arrive at around, depending on traffic.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)


  • 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)


  • 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 will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes.
  • 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 pick-up 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.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • 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.
  • We regret to inform you that the Forbidden Palace is closed all day on Mondays and public holidays
  • As this is a main highlight on this day, we regret we cannot offer alternative visits on this day.


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