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Private Cultural Day Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven provided by Catherine Lu Tours

Private Cultural Day Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven

Private Cultural Day Tour: Hutong Rickshaw Ride, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
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Duration:
8h
Hotel pickup offered
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Chinese, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private car and driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch in a local Chinese restaurant
  • Hutong rickshaw ride
  • Entrance Tickets to the Sights
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Heaven
  • Entry/Admission - Beijing
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please provide your hotel address for picking up
  • Please make sure to provide your passport number and name for entrance Forbidden City tickets purchase in advance
  • If you prefer to have different language tour guide than English one, please kindly make your booking with request 3 days advance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Private car and driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch in a local Chinese restaurant
  • Hutong rickshaw ride
  • Entrance Tickets to the Sights
  • Entry/Admission - Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Heaven
  • Entry/Admission - Beijing
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Dinner
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please provide your hotel address for picking up
  • Please make sure to provide your passport number and name for entrance Forbidden City tickets purchase in advance
  • If you prefer to have different language tour guide than English one, please kindly make your booking with request 3 days advance
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Forbidden City-The Palace Museum
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Temple of Heaven
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Shichahai station
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Bob V
2 contributions
I was totally enthralled by both the city and the experience provided by Catherine Lu Tours. My guide, Jenny, couldn't have been more personable, knowledgeable, or caring, we had a great day walking Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Jingshan Park...in 95 degree heat! She kept encouraging me, but was always amenable to taking a break, so I was able to get through it all easily. My driver was totally respectful and skillful--we were quite a team. The restaurant she chose was magnificent! Jenny also arranged for me to see a wonderful Kung Fu show that hadn't been on the agenda but that she knew I'd enjoy, and easily changed the schedule when I got too tired. I only had one sightseeing day to spend, but when I come back and have more time on my hands, I will definitely contact Jenny and Catherine Lu Tours.
Written September 15, 2019
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Judith K
Santa Rosa, CA11 contributions
Friends
After a Three Gorges Sanctuary cruise, we only had a very short time to see Beijing.
We had contacted a different tour agency for a private tour for a tight, less than 1 1/2 day schedule to include the above as well as the Great Wall. They said it couldn't be done, so we approached Catherine Lu Tours who were very can do and made it happen! Sonia met us at the airport, got us to the Great Wall, and then to our Rosewood Hotel (outdoes any Four Seasons we've been to). The next day we did the Beijing Cultural Tour and didn't feel it was too much or rushed, although the time went fast due to the really interesting conversations with Sonia, whose English was terrific; which was not always the case in China. She is professional, enthusiastic, informative, and easy to understand/converse with, which made our Beijing phase perfect. I highly recommend this agency, and in particular, Sonia. I would most definitely ask for her again.
Written October 26, 2017
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Jas Lim
1 contribution
Family
This is my second trip to Beijing using Catherine Lu tours and my tour guide, Stephen. Stephen is knowledgeable in Chinese history and was able to provide us with good insight on our places of visit. He also has a good command of English and conversing with him was a breeze. He also ensured that the trip progressed smoothly and overall it was a pleasant and enjoyable experience .
Written June 22, 2019
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Grapelady25
Plymouth, CA62 contributions
Couples
Our Catherine Lu tour guide, Jenny, and her driver picked us up at our hotel in a very comfortable van and we proceeded to visit the major city sights, Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, and the Hutong, which we walked, rather than taking the rickshaw. Jenny had arranged for a good local lunch, which turned out to be one of the best meals we had in China. Jenny was informative and flexible about our desire to spend more time at some places, less at others. Beijing is a fascinating city, and the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven were extraordinary sites. At the end of the day, Jenny and her driver took us back to our hotel and gave us suggestions for what to do on our own the next day.
Written June 28, 2018
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BostonRedSoxFan2004
Washington DC, DC406 contributions
Couples
When we started to plan a one-week trip to Beijing, we looked around at a lot of tour agencies to see what types of guided trips they offered in Beijing to the Great Wall and Forbidden City. We did an awful lot of research on Trip Advisor to compare each so that we could maximize our time while minimize costs. We compared lots of tour agencies to see what they had to offer for an overall package, finally zeroing in on Catherine Lu because of what she offered and her overall prices. Since she is currently rated #1 for private guide trips in Beijing, so being a loyal Trip Advisor traveler, we gave her a try and were “extremely” pleased with her services. From the outset, every time we sent an email to her, she “always” responded within a few hours, answering each question and providing recommendations that we never thought of. No other guide service that we have used during the last 8 years of international travel provided the same level of service. She was clearly in a class by herself.

A few months before the trip, we narrowed down two days of guided trips that we wanted to take during an 8-day stay in Beijing. They included a trip to Mutianyu section of the Great Wall (a bit further from Beijing than the Badaling section, but will less people), Ming Tombs followed by a Kung Fu show. The second day consisted of Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutong and Temple of Heaven. We paid for everything by PayPal before the trip, which was nice so that we didn’t have to do it during the trip. Also included in the price was a car with driver, guide, lunch each day at a local Chinese restaurant, and entrance fees to each sight. We exchanged over 12 e-mail to iron out specifics into exactly what we wanted. In each case, she was extremely accommodating and provided follow-up costs & itineraries. Doing a private tour, versus a bus tour where you are just one of 50 people, affords the opportunity to tailor each day around what you want to see, thereby maximizing one’s time and effort. If you can afford it, taking a tour such as this is the only way to go to high value sites.

We were told Catherine Lu has 15 private guides working for her. The guide she provided us for the two day’s we used her services was named Cindy. We found Cindy to be extremely knowledgeable about the sites we visited, providing historical context and answering questions. She also took pictures of us whenever asked, which for us is a big deal because it helped document everything for future reference. The pictures she took at the Great Wall were fantastic because it was a beautiful day, sunny with very few people there, which doesn’t happen all the time. We can honestly say we got some awesome pictures because of Cindy, not only at the Wall, but at every other venue. The restaurants she took us to for lunch served great local Chinese food, with reasonable prices. We also changed our schedule throughout the day to maximize what we wanted to see; Cindy was very accommodating and was able to incorporate these changes on the fly. Our drive, Mr. Liu didn’t speak English, but the van he drove was very clean, comfortable and he provided water for our use at all times.

The trip to the Forbidden City went smoothly too. To get into the Forbidden City, you have to get into a long line and provide a passport. However with Catherine Lu, we provided all the necessary passport information by e-mail beforehand, so when it came time for the tour we literally walked by all the ticket lines into the compound. Cindy then took us around the top sites inside the Forbidden City in a very logical manner. The same went for all the other sites she took us to which included taking a 15 minute bicycle rickshaw ride through a hutong, which was an experience by itself. Then for the Kung Fu show, she got some great tickets to an event that lasted about 75 minutes, and was an enjoyment to see. All I knew about Kung Fu was from the Disney movie Kung Fu Panda or Bruce Lee, but this was much better and with class. The show combined traditional Chinese arts with modern dance, providing a must-see for visitors and Kung Fu enthusiasts. We absolutely loved the show and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get more culture about Chinese society. The actors did amazing acrobatics that was a joy to watch. Let me say everything Catherine Lu and Cindy recommended was top notch, well thought out, and exceeded expectations.

Going to China to see the Great Wall has always been a top bucket list item. Getting a good guide service after spending lots of money to get there plus hotel was a big priority. That is why we were very happy to find Catherine Lu since she is totally customer oriented. Responding the numerous e-mail with requests, she set up a two day itinerary that couldn’t be surpassed. Providing a talented and knowledgeable guide in Cindy, plus a good driver, they delivered some of the very best tours that we have taken in 8 years of extensive international travel. Take my advice, secure her services should you be in Beijing with the intent of seeing the top sites with ease. You won’t go wrong.
Written September 26, 2016
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2Kmommy
Los Angeles, CA3 contributions
Family
Sophie is a great tour guide. Our son was a little disappointed that the wait for Hutong ride was 2 hours so Sophie improvised with a tour of the bell tower. Sophie helped us order a delicious lunch. She also explained the sites and took of our family. We really appreciated that! We booked three tours with Catherine Lu and Sophie was our guide for all 3 tours. She is awesome! Our kids still talk about her.
Written July 26, 2019
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evamonita
2 contributions
We really happy and satisfied with the tour experience.

Amanda, our tour guide is very kind, she is taking our pictures along the way and very resourceful by showing us place to rent our chinese cotume just exactly like we want.

Same goes with the driver, he is so polite and kind.

So far best experience with Catherine Lu tours. Very professional and responsive.
Written May 6, 2019
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Kim B
New Mexico11 contributions
Our group of nine adults and teens had a fantastic day touring Beijing with Sonia. Booking with Jenna and Catherine was so easy—they replied promptly and were very customer oriented and helpful. Sonia is funny and knowledgeable. We all loved her. We would definitely recommend Catherine Lu tours and our guide Sonia.
Written March 17, 2019
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Kerryn B
1 contribution
Family
This is the best tour experience we have ever had. John, our tour guide had perfect english, was very friendly, knowledgeable and responsive to the needs of my two kids (age 8 and 11) who asked some unusual questions! He ensured that the day ran at our pace (it was a private tour) and pointed out lots of interesting things that were not in the guide books. The day ran very smoothly because of the good coordination with the driver (air conditioned vehicle was great!) including a really nice lunch at a nice restaurant suitable for kids. My kids loved the rickshaw tour. I am very happy that Catherine Lu tours was recommend to me and highly recommend John and Catherine Lu tours to others. Thanks John!
Written July 21, 2018
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DCTraveler1979
Houston, TX443 contributions
Couples
We had another long layover in Beijing this year, so I contacted Catherine Lu Tours to see what options would be available. We booked our Great Wall tour with her last year and totally enjoyed ourselves, so I knew I could trust that she would deliver us a great tour. Eran, our tour guide, met us at the airport and then proceeded to take us to Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City. He was very informative, with great English, and he found ways to make the tour very engaging and interesting. He answered all of our questions and gave us lots of fun facts without overloading us with information. We then went to the Temple of Heaven, and very much enjoyed the experience. If you have a long layover or, even better, multiple days in Beijing, I highly recommend that you book your tour through Catherine Lu Tours. I am sometimes a picky traveler, but they put my mind at ease. They are very responsive, which is very important to me. Every time I emailed them, I received a response quickly and a response which addressed my inquiry to my satisfaction. You can not go wrong booking a tour with this very reputable company!
Written May 22, 2018
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Best trip we ever had!
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One of the best trips we ever went on!
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Jenna from Catherine Lu Tours came up with great itineraries for our stays in Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Beijing.
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The 3 things most travelers are looking for when taking on an adventure. Booking was very easy with plenty of conta
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Wonderful Day in Beijing
This full-day private tour to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall did not disappoint. We appre
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20 hour layover: an incredible experience
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We had two families (8 people) on our first trip to China. Catherine Lu Tours was amazing. From Jenna helping us ma
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