Tian’anmen Square is at the very centre of the modern city of Beijing. Bounded to the north by Tiananmen Gate and the Rostrum, to the west by the Great Hall of the People, to the east by the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History, and to the south by the imposing Qianmen Gate. Covering 44 hectares, it is the largest public square in the world. In the center of the square are the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall where Mao Tse Tung’s embalmed body lies in state. It was from the Rostrum that Mao proclaimed the People’s Republic of China on the 1st of October 1949. The most recognisable feature of the Rostrum is Mao’s portrait; a required backdrop for any photo visitors may take of themselves.
Forbidden City, so called because it was off limits to commoners throughout the history of Imperial China. Commoners caught in the Palace during this period were executed. Only once a year was a ‘commoner’ allowed to pass through the central gate of the entrance to the city (reserved for the passage of the Emperor). From this Palace the emperors governed China, often rather erratically, as they tended to become lost in this self contained little world and rarely left it. A truly great monument to a great civilization.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Juyongguan Great Wall, Beijing
Juyongguan [First Pass under the Heavens] is located in an 18 kilometer-long valley named "Guangou" 50 kilometers from Beijing City. It was one of the three most important passes on the Great Wall of China during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The other two passes are Jiayuguan and Shanhaiguan The present Pass was initially built in the Ming Dynasty. It is a very important strategic place connecting the inner land and the area near the northern border of China and as the access point to the capitol, Beijing.
Duration: 2 hours
Hotel pick up and drop off within 4th ring road
English speaking tour guide
Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
Entry/Admission - Juyongguan Great Wall
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children 2 and younger are complimentary.
You will need to walk through steep stairs and unpaved roads in certain sites. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Beijing hotels within 4th ring road. Please send an email to email@example.com including your hotel name and any special requests.
Passport information is required for the forbidden city tickets booking, please forward each individual traveler's full name and passport number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gratuity is not included and is left to individual discretion.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.