The Evolution of Beijing at Tiananmen Square

The Evolution of Beijing
at Tiananmen Square

Join a knowledgeable historian on a walk through the past, present and future of Beijing at
Tiananmen Square and Beijing Urban Planning Hall. Learn about the history of the Square
and the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to modern megalopolis.


Tiananmen Square is the symbolic heart of China and a gathering place for the masses. It is one of the largest public squares in the world and can hold one million people. Overlooked by a huge portrait of Chairman Mao and flanked by imposing Soviet-style buildings, the Square has been the location of historic events over the years.

On a two-tiered marble terrace in the centre of the square is the towering 125-foot-high granite obelisk, the Monument to the People’s Heroes, which honours those who died in revolution. On this fascinating day of exploration, you will be joined by an English-speaking historian and expert on Chinese history and culture who has lived in China for more than 20 years.


The Evolution of Beijing at Tiananmen Square

14:00 - 17:00

The driver will collect you from your hotel and take you to Tiananmen Square where you will meet the professional historian. This fascinating tour takes you back in time to relive Beijing’s history from its days as an imperial capital through to the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and on to the present day. For much of China’s modern history, the area around Tiananmen Square has been the political epicentre for the Chinese nation.

The first stop will be at the Beijing Urban Planning Hall located in the old railway station building next to the Square. This museum explores the history, present and future of urban planning in Beijing. Multimedia displays and exhibits cover the ancient city’s transition through history, the planning of the Olympic stadiums and the future blueprint of the city. It is a great place to understand the ongoing evolution of Beijing from imperial capital to modern megalopolis.

Next, stretch your legs with a stroll through the expansive Tiananmen Square. The historian will point out the buildings lining the Square and will tell you all about the history and the political issues of the city. Conclude your stroll by taking in two of Beijing’s most beautiful parks, both of which are former imperial spaces that were previously within the Forbidden City.

At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.




  • A half-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


  • 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 regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We will always make the effort 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.
  • Certain sights in this excursion may not be photographed for specific reasons. We kindly ask for your understanding by following local regulations.
  • 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 sun’s rays are still very powerful.
  • 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.


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