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Imperial Beijing tour – from the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace

Uncover the wonders of ancient China with this incredible day tour of bustling Beijing by bus. With a population of over 21 million inhabitants, Beijing truly is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, and the centre of this vast and exciting country’s political and cultural life. This comprehensive day tour will take in historical sites, busy markets and delicious Chinese cuisine to give you an insight into a remarkable culture. Begin your tour at Tiananmen Square, the gigantic ‘heavenly peace’ square famous for the pro-democracy protests of 1989. Then pass under the huge portraits of Mao hanging over the imposing Tiananmen Gate, built under Emperor Ming in 1415, and enter the Forbidden City. This vast site was the Chinese Imperial Palace for over 500 years, the heavenly abode of the celestial emperor and his vast entourage, and is completely unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site in 1987 and it’s easy to see why. The 980 buildings dating back to 1406 make the Forbidden City the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world. Catch your breath over a delicious traditional Chinese lunch, and then head to the Temple of Heaven, China's largest temple complex. This beautiful circular building was used to make offerings to heaven for a good harvest by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from 1420. Finally, explore the Summer Palace, retreat of the emperors for 800 years, comprising a beautiful park, stunning temples and the world’s longest art gallery. Break up your busy day with opportunities to relax and enjoy the view on the bus, plus an unbeatable shopping experience at a market famous for trading in exquisite pearls. Uncover the wonders of ancient China with this incredible day tour of bustling Beijing by bus. With a population of over 21 million inhabitants, Beijing truly is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, and the centre of this vast and exciting country’s political and cultural life. This comprehensive day tour will take in historical sites, busy markets and delicious Chinese cuisine to give y Meeting/pick-up point /strong> Hotels in Beijing City center only. Hotel pick-up is for selected hotels only, please call 24 hours before trip to confirm if your hotel is included.

Duration: 8 hours.

Start or opening time: 9am. Pick-ups begin at 7am, as arranged by your tour guide the night before. Please be at your pick-up point 5 minutes prior to arranged time.

Languages: Shared tour: in English. Private tour: English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Required documentation: Please do not forget to bring your ID.

Included: Entrance tickets, English-speaking tour guide, traditional Chinese lunch and coach tickets.

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