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Private Classic Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace provided by Catherine Lu Tours

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Private Classic Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace

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Overview
Do full justice to three of Beijing’s must-see sights under the expert tutelage of a private guide on a stress-free tour ideal for first-time visitors. Explore Tiananmen Square, the vast expanse that forms the beating heart of Beijing and dodge the ticket lines at the Forbidden City, home to emperors for around five centuries, with pre-booked admission. Plus, lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off make a seamless experience. 
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  • 1
    Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 2
    Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • Explore Tiananmen Square, the beating heart of Beijing past and present
  • Discover the secrets of the Forbidden City, long home to China’s emperors
  • Stroll the lakes, pavilions, bridges and gardens of the Summer Palace
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your private guide, with separate driver
What to Expect
Following hotel pickup, your first stop is Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing, and home to sites from the National Museum of China to historic Tiananmen Tower and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. Next, explore the luxurious Forbidden City, the world’s largest imperial palace, which was home to 24 Chinese emperors between the 14th and the 20th centuries. As you stroll the gardens, halls, and courtyards, your private guide explains how the emperors, their eunuchs, and their concubines lived and ruled. After a break for lunch at a Chinese restaurant, it’s time to visit the Summer Palace, where China’s imperial households retired to beat the summer heat. The lakes, pavilions, and bridges are exquisite at every time of year, but the gardens truly come into their own during spring and summer. The tour concludes with hotel drop-off. 
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Important Information
Duration
8h
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private car and driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch in a local Chinese restaurant
  • Entrance Tickets to the Sights
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Exclusions
  • Dinner
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please make sure to provide your full name and passport number for entrance tickets purchase to Forbidden City in advance
  • If you prefer to have different language tour guide than English one, please kindly make your booking with request 3 days advance
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Adam Dodd wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia16 contributions2 helpful votes
The 3 things most travelers are looking for when taking on an adventure. Booking was very easy with plenty of contact from the operator to confirm everything. Met our driver Jason and Nico in the morning on time. Nico was fantastic, great knowledge of the sites we visited & we
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Tiffany S wrote a review Jan 2020
New Providence Island59 contributions3 helpful votes
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We did this private tour on our last day in Beijing and I would highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide was Joyce and she was very knowledgeable and personable. First we visited Tianemen square and the Forbidden City. Then we had a delicious lunch. Joyce asked us what type of
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Ioana I wrote a review Jan 2020
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We enjoyed a very nice and pleasant private tour with Nico. He was a friendly and energetic guide, answered all our questions and succeded in giving us a taste of what Beijing was back in the dynasty era and how the city vibes today. We would definitely recommend the
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Christopher M S wrote a review Dec 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing day with Jeremy. Saw best highlights of Beijing (Forbidden City, Square and Great Wall) in friendly, organized manner. From prompt hotel pickup to sights with lunch, we could not have asked for better experience. Thank you Jeremy for making the absolute most of our
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Date of experience: December 2019
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terripants2016 wrote a review Dec 2019
Fletcher, North Carolina23 contributions2 helpful votes
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I enjoyed an incredible day with Joyce visiting these spectacular sights. Her knowledge of the history was nothing short of amazing! Joyce was patient, kind, funny, and a true pleasure to spend the day with. I wish I had reserved my other tours with her while in Beijing. I
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Wonderful visit with Joyce!
We did a Beijing Private Tour with Joy and had a wonderful set of visits! We were able to come up with a customized
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Awesome service!
I forgot my password to tripadvisor and the reason I got a new one was this tour! We were treated to a fabulous pri
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7-Day Private Tour
From the get go, our communication with Catherine Lu tours was top notch. We did a 2 city, 7-day private tour. From
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4 cities, 12 days with Catherine Lu tours
Jenna from Catherine Lu Tours came up with great itineraries for our stays in Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Beijing.
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Wonderful Day in Beijing
This full-day private tour to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall did not disappoint. We appre
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20 hour layover: an incredible experience
Amazing day tour began with our driver picking us up in hotel lobby. Our guide was Joyce and she was truly a joy- s
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Beijing Private Tour
We had two families (8 people) on our first trip to China. Catherine Lu Tours was amazing. From Jenna helping us ma
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Highly recommend!
Joyce was amazing!!!! She spoke excellent English, knew so much about all the sites, made things as comfortable as
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Fantastic experience
We toured Beijing with Joyce and she was fantastic. So full of knowledge, interesting facts and she always knew whe
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Outstanding tour and overall experience. Very easy to book, and Catherine Lu was highly responsive and accommodati
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Justin Was A Wonderful Guide
Walking with a private guide is the best way to see a city, provided the guide is good, and Justin was. He was know
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swhiley
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Great guide and trip
We booked the trip the day before, only a couple of hours before our flight. We received confirmation and a persona
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brentsalter
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Private tour with Kim
I booked this tour as a solo traveler wanting to get outside of Beijing to see a different perspective of rural are
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137rhysg
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Well worth it
We spent two great days with Jenny. The tour was an easy, stress free, way to see the main sites. They were aways
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connie is the best. she is smart, funny and very knowledgeable about Chinese history and current social trends. she
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Spanish
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