See more than the Great Wall in bodacious Beijing on Private Tour, the capital of China; Beijing is a top cultural focal point of the country. The Ming Dynasty Emperors believed Beijing to be the centre of the universe and in terms of China, they are not wrong and as you will see on your guided private tours of the many iconic remnants of this beautiful place and it's past.
Beijing sightseeing tours will open your eyes to some of the most unique lovable, chaotic and decadent palaces and historical sites in the world.
Positioned alongside the old Beijing Crimson Palace, you will see the cities stunning skyline with the impressive new buildings showing how areas have been modernized but still holds its beautiful history and heritage. With a custom private tour, see The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, The Ming Tombs all the usual attractions but also try to step out of your comfort zone and explore this amazing city and see the other treasures it has. Read More...
Beijing sightseeing tours will open your eyes to some of the most lovable and decadent palaces and historical sites in the world.
Surrounded by a wide moat, The Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing is the largest collection of ancient buildings and palaces in the world. Take a guided private tour and see this beautifully preserved structures brimming over with heritage and culture.
This UWH listed site is amazingly spectacular with 9,999 (9 is a very lucky number in Chinese culture) rooms and a courtyard large enough to hold audiences of 100,000 people you will be overwhelmed by its beauty. Try the street food stalls at the entrance of the Forbidden City; dumplings, noodles and excellent Peking duck pancakes, a few delicious on the go foods here.
Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing
The Great Wall Of China
The Great Wall of China escorted tours are a must do trip and popular sightseeing tour with tourists. Most people on the planet has heard of the epic Great Wall of China, but few have the opportunity to see it. This ancient marvel that is a testament to the engineering power of the Chinese people. Only a few manmade structures to be seen from space you will marvel at the sheer beauty and size of this mammoth structure.
The Summer Palace guided private tour is a must do in Beijing, formally the playground for emperors fleeing the old imperial city it is a marvel of design and culture. The Palace with its stunningly beautiful lake and spectacular panoramic hilltop views will make you feel like you are looking at a traditional Chinese painting and not real life. You can take a whole day exploring the gardens, pavilions and temples it will take your breath away.
On a private tour see this beautiful glittering temple at its best. On your itinerary, if you can only see one temple then this is the one for you. The decorative arches, Tibetan prayer wheels, tapestries, tantric statues and beautiful pair of Chinese Lions at the entrance you will be happy with your choice. This Tibetan Buddhist temple is an active place of worship, and if you're lucky, you will see the monks in prayer at the entrance of the temple.
The Forbidden City
Surrounded by a wide moat, The Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing is the largest collection of ancient buildings and palaces in the world. Take a guided private tour and see this beautifully preserved structures boiling over with heritage and culture. This UWH listed site is spectacular with 9,999 rooms and a courtyard large enough to hold audiences of 100,000 people you will be overwhelmed by its beauty.
Take a very enjoyable sightseeing tour to Beihai Park which has more than 1,000 years of history to it. Located in the Xicheng District, this park has been added to over five dynasties. The park is divided into four different areas with each holding a gem to be discovered. Make sure you see the Five Dragon Pavilions in the Northern Bank area and the Nine Dragon Wall which is one of the three last surviving in China.
On a sightseeing tour of Beijing, you must take the time to wander Wangfujing Street. During the day it is shopping heaven with fantastic shops all along the 800 meters of this street. It is the equivalent of 5th Avenue in New York or Paris’s Champs-Elysées. There are also great places for eating snacks, especially at nighttime. The Wangfujing Night Market offers very tasty, mouthwatering, exotic street food founding Snack Street.
Dingling Underground Palace
When on a sightseeing tour of the Ming Tombs, take a guided tour of Dingling Underground Palace. This is a very elaborate royal tomb and museum. This Underground palace was found when one of the thirteen tombs was excavated and it belongs to Emperor Wanli. Originally built in the 16th century, archaeologist found the entry to a well preserved underground palace in 1956 where there is also the tombs of the emperors two wives.
On your guided private tour visit Tiananmen Square, and as you enter the centre of the square, you will be brought to the heart of the city of Beijing. On your tour you will visit the Tower, Great Hall and Memorial Hall, if your timing is right, you will see the national flag raising ceremony. Many visitors come to the square every day and its a top ten tourist attraction in China.
The Temple of Heaven
Located near the Choearngwen District of Beijing, The Temple of Heaven Park was originally the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty's held their Heaven Worship Ceremonies. Larger than the Forbidden City the Temple of Heaven is one of the holiest imperial temples in Beijing. The circular mount alter is the most magnificent building. A masterpiece of landscape and architectural design this is a must see private tour.
Take a private tour to Ming Tombs which are located outside of Beijing. It is here that you find the final resting place of Ming dynasty emperors, of the 16 emperors 13 are buried here. The tombs are scattered in this area with the slopes of Tian Shou Mountain as their background. Each tomb is like a huge temple, only 3 of the 13 are open to the public and only one has had the underground burial chamber excavated.
Travel Tips for Beijing
Best Time To Visit
Most visitors prefer spring and autumn to visit Beijing due to the mild and comfortable weather. The sporadic sandstorm's in the spring have kept people on alert when they plan their holidays to China. In more recent years Beijing’s spring season is getting better regarding weather conditions and air quality which is ideal for travellers. The winter season is not as bad as most people would think there are fewer visitors and fewer queues.
Beijing is well known to be one of the more expensive cities to visit in China, however with exchange rates its still a great bargain for tourists. Accommodation is generally of high quality, and the prices can be very alluring most especially when you go on a package holiday. Most attractions in the city are also reasonably priced however book your sightseeing private tours before your arrival. Rickshaws, buses and taxis are cheap and frequent.
Know Before Visiting
Arrange your entry and exit visa through your tour travel agent before your arrival into China. There are many immigration restrictions on the purchase of goods and souvenirs you will be given questionnaires to fill in, complete these honestly as delays may occur or you may jeopardise your entry or exit from China. Learn a few phrases in Mandarin like Thank You (xie xie), Hello (nihao), Goodbye (zai jian). Always be aware at all times of your surroundings.
Beijing's climate is defined as "continental monsoon." weather. The four seasons are distinctly recognisable. Autumn in Beijing is beautiful and ideal for sightseeing as the temperature is mild, and the sun is out a lot. The temperature in spring is beautiful, too, but the winds whip sand around the city. Summer can be very hot, and winter is equally cold, and not helped by the winds blowing down directly from Siberia so be prepared for all weathers here.