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Forbidden City

6 Hours Beijing Layover Tour to Forbidden City & Summer Palace

Tour Code : LT-12
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1 Person $240 $ 240

2 Person $138 $ 138

3 Person $120 $ 120

4 Person $105 $ 105

5 Person $90 $ 90

6 Person $85 $ 85

7 Person $80 $ 80

8 Person $75 $ 75

9 Person $70 $ 70

10 Person $66 $ 66

10> Person $66 $66

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For the group tour there are two times departure: 7 A.M / 9A.M

Please according your layover time to choose, you will need around 1.5-2 hours to apply your Free Visa transit after arrival at the airport. 


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Overview

This is the ultimate Beijing layover tour for you if you only have a few hours as it gives you the opportunity to whisk off to the capital’s must-see attractions. Enjoy an amazing trip to the majestic Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City and the royal park at the Summer Palace.

Airport Pickup

Starbucks Coffee at arrival floor

1 h

Visit 30 Minutes

Tiananmen Square

0 h

Visit 1.5 Hours

Forbidden City

40 min

Visit 1.5 Hours

Summer Palace

1 h

Transfer to Airport

Tour Itinerary:

Itinerary:

Your friendly tour guide and driver will greet you at Starbucks Coffee in Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 2 or 3. (You will need about 1-1.5 hours to finish the customs clearance and get out)

~ 1 h : Drive to Tiananmen Square

~ 30 min : Visit Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is a large, open area, surrounded on all sides by important national buildings where you’ll learn about China's more recent history, influenced by Chairman Mao and the rise of communism, and it's the largest city square in the world.

~ 0 h : Drive to Forbidden City

~ 1.5 h : Visit Forbidden City

Forbidden City is an unrivaled masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture. During a span of five centuries (1416-1911), 24 emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived and ruled the country from here. (Forbidden City is closed on Mondays.)

~ 40 min : Drive to Summer Palace

~ 1.5 h : Visit Summer Palace

Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, absorb the majestic charm of the Summer Palace which boasts of typical Chinese architecture and splendid landscapes.

~ 1 h : Transfer to Airport

The tour guide and driver transfer you back to the airport for flight to your next destination. Wish you have a nice trip in Beijing!

Hotel in Beijing

Hotel Name : Crowne Plaza Beijing International Airport

Hotel Name : Yamei International Hotel

Hotel Name : Konggang Linkong Ruizhi Hotel

Tiananmen Square

Forbidden City

Summer Palace

Tiananmen Square

  The Tiananmen Square on the north to south axis is at the center of Beijing city. It's the largest square in the world, encompassing an area of 14 hectares, and measuring 865 meters north to south, and 500 and 370 meters east to west on the northern and southern ends respectively.

      The Five-Star Red Flag flutters high above the mid-point of the square's north side. Everyday,  at dawn and dusk, the Guards march in unison to the foot of the flagstaff to hoist or lower the National Flag, saluted with eyes by the on-lookers.

  The Monument to the People's Heroes towers over the center of the square. To its south lies Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall. The Chinese Revolutionary Museum and the Chinese History Museum stand to the east of the square, the Great Hall of the People to the west and the magnificent Heavenly Peace Gate Tower to the north. The Tower is adjoined on its left side by the Zhongshan Park and on the right side by the Working People's Palace of Culture. Opposite the tower in the far south is the Zhengyang Gate Tower. These fine and unique buildings arranged in perfect harmony add greater beauty and grandeur to the Tianmen Square.

  The Tiananmen Square is the people's square, where grand state ceremonies are held on important occasions.


Forbidden City

     Upon the establishment of the Ming Dynasty, the Hongwu Emperor moved the capital from Beijing in the north to Nanjing in the south, and ordered to burn down the Yuan palaces. When his son Zhu Di became the Yongle Emperor, he moved the capital back to Beijing, and the construction of Forbidden City began in 1406. The construction lasted 15 years, and required more than a million workers. Material used include whole logs of precious Phoebe zhennan wood found in the jungles of south-western China, and large blocks of marble from quarries near Beijing. The floors of major halls were paved with "golden bricks".

  The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties. In ancient times, the emperor claimed to be the son of Heaven, and therefore Heaven’s supreme power was bestowed upon him. The emperors' residence on earth was built as a replica of the "Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven". Such a divine place was certainly forbidden to ordinary people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named.

       

   The Forbidden City is the world's largest surviving palace complex and covers 72 hectare . It is a 961 meters from north to south and 753 meters from east to west. It consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 rooms. The Forbidden City was designed to be the centre of the ancient Beijing. It is enclosed in a larger, walled area called the Imperial City. The Imperial City is, in turn, enclosed by the Inner City; to its south lays the Outer City.

Summer Palace

     

The Summer Palace, located ten kilometers to the northwest of Beijing, used to be a summer residence of Qing Dynasty emperors. It is an imperial garden known far and wide for its architectural grandeur and stunning natural beauty. It is one of the Four Most Famous Gardens in China. The construction of the Summer Palace started in 1750.

  The northern part of the Summer Palace is the 60-meter-tall Longevity Hill. Its southern part is a wide expanse of water called Kunming Lake. The whole garden covers 290  hectares, with the lake taking up four-fifths of its total area.

  Along the northern bank of Kunming Lake runs the Long Corridor with a total length of 728  meters and 273 sections.. The crossbeams of the Long Corridor are decorated with more than 8,000 color paintings with Chinese landscape and historical stories.


 The 17-arch bridge on the  southern bank of Kunming Lake is more than 150 meters long. Carved stone lions, of different sizes and postures, sit on top of the bridge's stone columns. An octagonal pavilion stands at one end of the bridge and near the pavilion lies a bronze ox with its head raised toward the lake. On the back of the ox is engraved a line from Emperor Qianlong stating that the ox is used to control flooding of the lake.

  A Ming-style street winds along a stretch of water on the back side of Longevity Hill. The Suzhou Street, 300 meters long, is lined with more than 60 shops and decorated with archways and gateways. The shops, of different shapes and sizes, are built with bluish gray tiles and bricks. The marketplace lends a folksy flavor to the imperial garden.

Summer Palace is a fascinating ensemble of gardens, lakes and palaces

Book a tour to the Summer Palace and experience a stunning ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing. It remains to be a popular tourist destination to this day!

The  buildings are positioned in a fashion that creates a sharp contrast to the hilly backdrop. Enjoy walking through these splendid halls and pavilions, admiring the construction and natural beauty all at once!

Includes & Excludes

Price includes

Entrance tickets

VIP access to the Forbidden City (skip the long line)

Professional private English speaking tour guide

Airport pickup and drop off

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled mineral water

Price excludes

Gratuities and tips

Meal

Booking Notes

How to Choose Tour Type?

Affordable Group Tour:

At least 2 people bookable.

Our small group tour is around 15 peoples picked up from different airline. 

Suitable for tourists with limited budget and who would like to travel with others from different countries. 

If you stay in a hotel, please go to our meeting point on your own.  

Tour duration is fixed, if you would like to stay longer or shorter time at attractions. Please choose private tour.

 

Best Value Private Tour:

More flexible and time-saving. 

No need to wait for other tourists. 

Flexible schedule.

Possible to be customized for your own itinerary.

A privet tour guide and the air-conditioned vehicle will be at your service.

Pick up and drop off according to your time and place (Hotel or Airport)

Your tour guide will decide attractions visiting order on the tour reasonably.


How to Book?

1. You can choose your favorite tour and book online, fill in your booking information(full name, arrival & departure time, flight number, email, tel etc). Please confirm and leave note your landing at Terminal 1, 2 or 3 in Beijing Capital International Airport.

 

2. Choose to pay the deposit or full payment. We accept payment by PayPal, Credit Card, Alipay or Wechat, either USD, AUDEURO or RMB in cash on the tour day. Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.

 

How to Apply for 24/144 Hours Free Visa Permit?

1. You should apply for a transit VISA after you landed at the airport.

2. It only applies to passengers who transit through from one country to another country. (e.g New York-Beijing-Tokyo)

The destination and place of departure cannot be the same.(e.g Bangkok-Beijing-Bangkok).

 

24-Hour Without VISA, TWOV for almost all countries by air, cruise or train transiting in China. Counted from the landing time, multiple stops.

How to apply the 24 hours free transit VISA and Policy :

https://www.chinatoursnet.com/china-travel-guide/china-visa/how-to-apply-for-24-hour-free-visa-at-beijing-airport.html

How to apply the 144 hours free transit VISA and Policy:

https://www.chinatoursnet.com/china-travel-guide/china-visa/how-to-apply-for-144-hour-free-visa-at-beijing-airport.html


Cancellation Policy

Beijing Layover Private Tour

If your flight is canceled or delayed and you inform us at least 4 hours in advance before the scheduled pick-up time, there is no cancellation fee.

If you are not able to get out of the airport for some reasons, we will refund the money to you (Excluding driver and guide airport transfer charges)


Beijing Layover Group Tour

If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 24 hours before the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Reviews

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benniejay

2019-07-31
Yes everything was spectacular and fascinating very professional and prompt services. There were beautiful places to explore and to see in the 4 hours that we had. The comfort and beauty of the China was incredible, The history, culture and way of life of the local people we bumped into during the layover was beyond our expectations. Hiking on the Great wall after driving through a small remote countryside was very relaxing and rejuvenating. It was the best trip ever to experience on a few hours.

We had not previously used a travel agency for touring. The crew including the driver and tour guide were really funny, friendly and knowledgeable. Despite having limited time we still had free time allowing for shopping and grabbing a meal and drinks. Highly recommend this layover in Beijing.
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mirceao455

Bucharest, Romania

2019-06-28
Great, compact, amazing tour. Our guide Jenny did the best to show us the most important attractions in Beijing in just a 2 day tour. I recommand her tours, she is great with groups, friendly and well prepared.
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2funworldtravers

2019-05-25
Mike and Karen, Tucson, Arizona
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pedro148595

2019-05-22
Highly recommend for everyone coming to Beijing
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Mdezarraga2

2019-05-22
We had an amazing trip with Jenny! She is very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions in fantastic English. She also is very organized so we were on time to each stop of our tour!
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Durban, South Africa

2019-05-09
Booking from South Africa on ChinaTour.net was so quick and easy, however I had to mail customer service as I had not received my confirmation within the 48 hours that the original mail had stated. Once done I received confirmation for all my train and internal flights within 20 minutes of sending the mail. I would highly recommend this website for booking trips through China and i will use it again in future.
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NYCfoodiegirl

New York, NY

2019-04-29
Well worth it! Jenny was really nice and incredibly helpful with the immigration process after airport personnel originally escorted to the wrong area and didn’t want to allow leaving the airport. She takes great photos! Beautiful views and fun to take the toboggan down. Wasn’t too crowded on this day - and definitely worth doing with a 7 hour layover. Nice car and driver too.
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NancyVaB

2019-04-13
Great app to buy train tickets. If you don't know the language you just show the e-ticket that the app gave you and the seller will give the tickets to you without the need to talk.
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aklein729

2019-02-20
Had a great layover tour! 100% worth it. Was easily picked up and transported to the Great Wall and back to the airport. Jenny’s English is perfect so communication flowed nicely. She even helped me take photos on the Great Wall!
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Sreesagubadi

valsayn, Trinidad and Tobago

2019-02-08
I used China tour company to visit Hangzhou on on feb 7th. It’s a private tour. The experience is very pleasant and enjoyable. Tour guide Mr. Mark Zhou was very good. He speaks good English and very patient. He knows his stuff. I visited West Lake , Buddhist temple and the Pagoda. The tour was very enjoying and place (Hangzhou) is a must to see if you wish to enjoy the nature and Chinese culture and tradition. I recommend it to every one visiting China.
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Got Question & Quick Answer

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maria feist

2019.06.15

I arrive at 5am but stay for 7 hours. could i still do a tour within this time frame?
No, your time is enough to visit Forbidden City. Note: the Forbidden City is closed on Monday. This is Forbidden City Layover tour. https://www.chinatoursnet.com/Beijing-layover-tour/lt-3.html

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Hotel Description

Hotel Position : Plaza del Angel, 12, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Opened:2000

Number of rooms:108

Postcode:100007

Redecorated:2017

The Ping'anfu Hotel (Ping'anfu Binguan) is a luxury hotel located in the hustle and bustle of the city center. It is only 4 kilometers from the railway station and 28 kilometers from the airport. This hotel provide comfortable rooms, ranging from standard doubles to deluxe suites. Facilities in rooms include international direct dial telephones, satellite televisions, central air conditioning and mini bars. Room service is available on request. Guests of the hotel will also have the chance to relax in the sauna and massage center. The hotel has numerous restaurants, mostly serving Chinese cuisine.

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Hotel Policies

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in from 14:00

Check-out before 12:00

Hotel Notes

Smoking is now strictly prohibited within all public and enclosed spaces in Beijing. This hotel will NOT offer smoking rooms.

Hotel Description

Opened:2000

Number of rooms:108

Postcode:100007

Redecorated:2017

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