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Private City Overview Tour With Imperial Lunch and Cruise Inside Summer Palace

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide and separate driver at your central Beijing hotel and hop inside your private, climate-controlled vehicle.

    Drive to Tiananmen Square, the world’s biggest public square and symbolic heart of China. Gaze at the plaza as you hear its history, and enter the 15th-century, UNESCO-listed Forbidden City, the former home of China’s Ming and Qing emperors.

    While most visitors tour the Forbidden City’s central areas, your guide showcases less-crowded sections. Visit the wall and explore the Watchtower, East Gate, Hall of Clocks and Watches, and Treasure Gallery, filled with precious artifacts.

    Plus, tour some areas favored by particular emperors, seeing the garden of the Emperor Qianlong and the bedroom and theater of the infamous 19th-century Dowager Empress Cixi as you learn about their lifestyles.

    After an imperial-style lunch at Beijing’s oldest imperial restaurant—Fangshan—on an island in Beihai Park, continue to Black Bamboo Park and take a canopied boat cruise to the UNESCO-protected Summer Palace.

    Glide by historical sites as you trace a 13th-century imperial waterway, learning how it was commissioned by Kublai Khan and reserved exclusively for the Qing emperors, including Cixi.

    On arrival, take a guided tour of the glorious, 18th-century Summer Palace gardens, used as a retreat by China’s later emperors. View the covered, painted Long Corridor walkway and Marble Boat, built by Qianlong to celebrate imperial stability. Ascend Longevity Hill for sweeping views over the garden and take a small boat to Suzhou Street, a quaint canalside shopping street.

    Admire the scene here—the itinerary does not include shopping time—before visiting the Central Radio and Television Tower, Beijing’s tallest building.

    Ride the lift to the 781-foot (238-meter) high observatory and enjoy the bird’s-eye views before a hotel drop-off concludes your tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your hotel lobby
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Private guide
    • Imperial cruise ride
    • Imperial lunch with drinks
    • Mineral water
    • Entrance fee
    • Private transportation
    • Gratuities (Optional)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Passport name, number, is required at time of booking for all participants (for getting attraction ticket in advance)
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed January 3, 2019

    This tour is great for those that don't have a lot of time in Beijing. This tour takes you to all the main sites and you don't have to wait in line. We were able to see the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    • Duration: 8h
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    • Languages Offered: English, Chinese
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