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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Beijing Airport to Tiananmen Square,
Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace Tour
(Your Exclusive Vehicle and English-Speaking Tour Guide)

Overview
Attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and
Summer Palace
Tour Type: A private tour
Airport Layover Time: Approx.14 Hours
Pick-up point: Beijing Capital International Airport
Finishing point: Beijing Capital International Airport
Service: Entrance fees + private tour guide & driver + private car / van
Tour Code: BLOT-06
Price: Starting from US$ 63 p/p

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Tour Description
Pick up from Beijing Capital Airport and first visit Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is the heart and symbol of Beijing and is the biggest square of this kind in the world. The square can hold about one million people for public celebration or gatherings.

This was the site when in 1949, from a rostrum on Tiananmen (the Gate of Heavenly Peace), Chairman Mao proclaimed the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square Travel Tips
For security reason, Tiananmen Square is a fenced square circled by low iron grids with main four entrances – east, west, south and north. The square is now open to the public till midnight, but all the tourists have to pass a security check before they enter the square. So check points have been set up at all the entrances leading to the square.

The 40-minute visit allows you to have a glimpse at the outside of Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, the Monument to the People's Heroes, the magnificent Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, the ancient Zhengyang Gate and Arrow Tower as well as the Tiananmen Tower which leads to the well-known Forbidden City.

Then move on to the Imperial Palace, also known as the "Forbidden City" , the largest and best-preserved ancient imperial palaces group with 500 years history. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700's and onwards.

Forbidden City Turret

Forbidden City Important Notice
1. Forbidden City is closed for the entire day every Monday, except the Chinese national public holidays and the summer vacation from Jul 01 to Aug. 31;
2. Forbidden City Ticketing Purchase is based on real name policy;
3. You need to show your passport to buy your entrance tickets;
4. Free of charge for children under 1.2 meters, each required to be escorted by an adult;
5. There are some exhibits within Forbidden City that require additional tickets to access such as the Treasure Gallery and the Clock and Watch Gallery.
Treasure Gallery : RMB 10;
Clock and Watch Gallery: RMB 10

Forbidden City Opening Hours
April 1st – October 31 ( 8:30 – 17:00 )
Last Entry at 16:10
Tickets sold until 16:00

November 1st – March 31 (8:30 – 16:30)
Last Entry at 15:40
Tickets sold until 15:30

Proceed to the Temple of Heaven, the place where the Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. It is located in the southern part of Beijing, and had been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven Travel Tips
The park is so huge. You are advised to wear your most comfortable shoes. It's a long walk! For summer time, be ready to bring an umbrella for sun protection, and bottles of water. Inside the huge park, there is a lovely temple complex, which is composed of three main parts – Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and Circular Mound Altar sitting along an axis from south to north.

Don't miss the Cypress Grove. Old cypress trees are worth having a close look. Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years old. Dr Henry Kissinger, when he visited the temple, stated that while the USA could recreate the Temple of Heaven if it desired, it could not create the trees!

Temple of Heaven Opening Hours
The park opens at 6am and closes at 8pm.
The main buildings inside the park:
From March 1 to June 30: 8:00 – 17:30
From July 1 to October 31: 8:- 18:00
From November 1 to February 28: 8:00 – 17:00
Kindly reminder: Through tickets selling is stopped at 16:00

Continue to visit Summer Palace, one of China's largest imperial garden. Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace Travel Tips
Normally it takes 2 hours to walk around Summer Palace. Visiting Summer Palace needs a bit strong legs with a lot walking since Summer Palace is huge.

Dress for the hot or cold weather. The summer in Beijing could be humid and close, sometimes extremely hot. Also winter could be very cold. So well prepared for the uncomfortable weather both in winter and summer. You are advised to wear your most comfortable shoes.

Summer Palace presents itself with different views for different seasons. Winter sees people skiing on the Kunming Lake; Spring time finds people breathe under fresh trees and flowers; Summer time often sees Summer Palace in a foggy day like a beautiful "water and mountain" Chinese scroll painting. Autumn is the best time walking around Summer Palace, clear and blue sky with comfortable weather.

Summer Palace even at different times of a day allows you to see the different views under sunrise in the morning and sunset in the later afternoon.

Additional Price Information
1.Children under 1.2m high are free of charge.
2. Taking a boat ride starting from the Marble Boat across the lake to the beautiful 17-Arch Bridge is a fun way to have more stunning views. Boat Ride: 20 yuan.

Summer Palace Opening Time
High Season (From April 1 to Oct. 31)
Open: 6:30
Tickets stop selling at 18:00;
Close: 20:00

Low Season (From Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 next year)
Open: 7:00
Tickets stop selling at 17:00;
Close: 19:00

After the layover tour, return to Beijing Capital Airport for your next destination.

Lunch: No lunch

Just a Kindly Reminder
This tour is designed for your own traveling party and no other tourists will join you. So you have much flexibility and freedom. If you have any questions, or want more time for taking photos, just feel free to let your tour guide know. With your personal tour guide, you will have more interaction with the locals which will enrich your travel experience in Beijing. It is a non-shopping private tour and no Hidden Fee!

You should give yourself a reasonable amount of time to exit the airport and go through customs, which usually take you more than an hour. You also figure out the enough time to return to the airport and go through security again. Basically you are required to be back to the airport 2-3 hours | prior to your departing flight.

Our tour guide will meet you at the airport, holding a sign with your name. When you walk out from the baggage claim area, just look around for the sign to meet our tour guide.

You will have the narratives of local history and culture by your tour guide while you are comfortably sitting in the air-conditioned vehicle of your exclusive use and enjoying the views passing by.

All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact our trip advisors for new quotations.
Price List for this tour   ( US$ Per Person )
Price without shopping stop
Travelling Party Tour Cost Per Person
1 person $185
2 persons $115
3 persons $105
4 persons $89
5 persons $79
6 persons $75
7 persons $73
8 persons $69
9 persons $65
10 persons and above $63

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2.Entrance fees
3.English Speaking tour guide
4.The above private tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group
Price exclusion:
1.Gratuities to drivers and guides
2.Travel insurance for your coverage of injury or accident
3. Meals
4. Shopping Stops

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