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How to Choose the Best Place to Go for Your Beijing Layover

Beijing has many popular historic sites than you imagined, why sit on the cold chair waiting for the flight? You can absolutely have a wonderful Beijing layover tour during flight stopover.


Don't miss the highlights of Beijing for your stopover from the airport. The popular sites among foreigner travelers are Great Wall and Forbidden City.


If you have less than 7 hours layover, you can visit either the Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City or Great WallForbidden City and Temple of Heavenor Forbidden City and Summer Palace, Summer Palace and Olympic Park.

If you have 8 hours-12 hours Beijing layover in the daytime, you can visit both the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Other suggestions are Great Wall and Ming Tombs, Great Wall and Summer Palace. 

If you have more than 24 hours layover at Beijing airport, you have more choices for your Beijing layover. Your private tour guide can tailor-make tour itineraries according to your interests and your Beijing layover tour length. 


The driving distance to popular attractions in Beijing downtown area from Beijing Capital International Airport.

1. Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City--1.5 hours

2. Temple of Heaven--1.5 hours

3. Summer Palace--1.5 hours

4. Lama Temple & Hutong & Houhai--1.5 hour

5. Beijing Zoo--1.5 hours

6. 798 Art Zone--1 hour

7. Olympic Park--1.5 hours

For the Great Wall of China and other sites far away from the downtown area

1. Mutianyu Great Wall--1.5 hours

2. Ming Tombs--1.5 hours

3. Badaling Great Wall--2.5 hours

4. Huanghuacheng Great Wall--1.5 to 2 hours

5. Jiankou Great Wall--1.5 to 2 hours

6. Juyongguan Great Wall--1.5 to 2 hours

7. Simatai Great Wall & Jinshanling Great Wall & Gubei Water Town--2.5 to 3 hours

8. Huangyaguan Great Wall--2.5 to 3 hours

Our professional trip advisor will give you advice about the best spots to go during your Beijing layover tour, contact us if you need any help.

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I have 9 people with 18 hours of layover time. Can we talk to discuss this further ?

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May I have your tour date and flight details, will recommend a layover tour for you.

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Good morning I would like to know the best tour my family of 4 can do. we arrive at 4:30am on Wed Jan. 8th on Air China from Australia at Terminal 1 and our flight leaves at 10:55pm Wed night to new York. If there is a mall to do shopping, we can do that too. Since I know its winter. We would also like to be able to shower and change before our night time flight. Anxiously awaiting your reply thanks

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The Most Popular Beijing Layover Tour

Land at Beijing airport at noon? Travel to the UNESCO heritage site-Forbidden City, enjoy marvelous palaces and display in the afternoon. Appreciate beautiful night view of downtown city to bustling Houhai Lake area and amazing view of modern Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.


Forbidden City Layover Tour from Beijing Airport with Enjoying City Night View

7 hours from|$65

Do you have a layover in Beijing after 2 pm? Soak in the magic of Beijing as night falls and the city gets concealed with floodlights on this night tour. You will have an extraordinary layover navigating the quiet streets with a private guide who shares fascinating insights about the renowned landmarks with you. Start off at The Place and see the 250 by 30 meters wide screen designed by Jeremy Railton who also designed the largest electric screen in Las Vegas, then move to the tourist territory at the Wangfujing snack street and test your grit snacking on exotic creatures like scorpions, spiders, seahorses, scorpions among other specialties if you are wild enough. On our way back to the airport we will make a stop at the 2008 Olympics Center for exterior photos of the floodlit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube with a magical variety of alternating color pattern displays. Optional: Peking duck dinner USD50 per person


Amazing Beijing City Night Tour with Airport Transfer

5 hours from|$71

Arrive at Beijing airport in the very early morning and want to make full use of your Beijing layover time? Enjoy breathtaking sunrise on the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng section, the only section sank into water creating beautiful scenery. Explore Chinese history as visiting centuries-old Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, wouldn’t be a once-in-a-lifetime trip in China?


Huanghuacheng Great Wall Sunrise and Forbidden City Layover Tour from Airport

8 hours from|$100

Trace Chinese history from your tour guide when visiting the biggest city square-Tiananmen Square and explore UNESCO Heritage Site-Forbidden City, appreciate the grand architecture, take leisure time to watch lovely giant pandas on this Beijing layover tour.


Beijing Forbidden City Layover Tour including Panda Visiting

6 hours from|$62
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