Beijing Highlights Day Trip from Shanghai including Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, and Hutongs

Beijing Highlights Day Trip from Shanghai including Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, and Hutongs
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$612
Duration: 16 hours
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Short on time? This guided day tour of Beijing from Shanghai by plane covers the highlights of China's ancient capital. Visit the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, and take a rickshaw ride through Beijing's ancient hutong laneways. Tour includes lunch.

Pickup from your Shanghai hotel is at 5:30am, for transfer to Shanghai airport and the 2-hour flight to Beijing. Your local driver-guide will meet you on arrival and transport you by private, air-conditioned vehicle to begin your full-day tour of China’s capital city.

Begin with the Temple of Heaven, the cylindrical temple complex where the ancient Emperors prayed for peace and a good harvest. It will take about an hour to explore the grounds, before breaking for a Chinese lunch.

After lunch, visit Tiananmen Square. Your guide will explain China's communist history as you view Tiananmen's halls and monuments, including the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its portrait of Mao Zedong, Mao's Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People, and the vast National Museum.

From here, it's a short walk to the Forbidden City and its Imperial Palace Museum, with each Chinese dynasty represented in four palatial halls. See ancient treasures, documenting thousands of years of history in this former home of China’s rulers. Admire the maze of palaces, gardens, and courtyards as your guide explains China’s imperial history.

Next comes a rickshaw ride. Relax as your driver weaves through the ancient narrow lanes known as hutong. The hutong, with their single-storey buildings, offer a unique look into the life of old Beijing.

Finally, transfer to the airport for your return flight. You'll be met at the airport and transported to your hotel, arriving at 7:30pm in time for dinner.

Short on time? This guided day tour of Beijing from Shanghai by plane covers the highlights of China's ancient capital. Visit the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, and take a rickshaw ride through Beijing's ancient hutong laneways. Tour includes lunch.