Beijing Insights and Secrets: Small Group Walking Tour

Location: Beijing, China

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  • Join tai chi and traditional pastimes in the Temple of Heaven Park
  • Explore the iconic Tiananmen Square and understand its local significance
  • Blend in with the locals by taking part in their morning exercises in Temple of Heaven Park
  • Discover the secrets of the Forbidden City as your guide tells you its secrets and lore
  • Climb to the top of Jingshan Park for great views over ancient Beijing


  • 6 Hours

  • Tiantandongmen Station (Metro Line 5), Outside of Exit A, East Gate of Temple of Heaven. 地铁五号线,天坛东门A 出口

  • English

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What You Can Expect

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    Temple of Heaven

    Meet your local guide at the east gate of Temple of Heaven metro station, and start your Beijing tour with a bit of morning exercise with locals in one of the city’s most popular parks and historical sites, Temple of Heaven Park. It is full of people of all ages taking part in traditional pastimes such as tai chi, fan dancing, diablo, kite flying, water calligraphy, and more. Join in some of the activities, soaking up the park’s relaxed atmosphere. Visit the temple and ritual sites inside, where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would offer sacrifices to heaven and pray for good harvests.

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    Tiananmen Square

    From there, jump on Beijing's subway to travel to the very heart of the city for a visit to one of Beijing's icons: Tiananmen Square. As we wander through this immense square your local guide will enlighten you as to why Tiananmen is so special to the Chinese people. From there, we'll pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (adorned with its famous Mao portrait) to enter the famed Forbidden City. Off-limits to most of the world for 500 years, this ‘city’ houses the best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China, and is a must-see spot in Beijing. Discover some of its secrets and learn about some of the legends while enjoying a tour through its many buildings.

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    After leaving the Forbidden City, grab a simple lunch at a local restaurant to devour tasty authentic Chinese food.

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    Jingshan Park

    Then continue to gain a new perspective of the immensity of the Forbidden City from the top of the pagoda in Jingshan Park. High on a hill overlooking the city, this is the best place to take in stunning views of not only the Forbidden City, but the ancient heart of Beijing. This ultimate Beijing tour will end in Jingshan Park, where you are free to spend more time exploring, or head back into the heart of Beijing to take in more of the city’s sights.


    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Transport & entrance fees as indicated
    • Entrance to the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, and other historical sites mentioned
    • Lunch
    • Entry to historical sites inside the Temple of Heaven Park
    • Drinks
    • Gratuities
    • During national holidays and on weekends, sites in Beijing can be extremely crowded. If you wish to avoid the busiest times, visiting Beijing outside of these periods or taking your Urban Adventure on a week day are recommended
    • You will be walking most of the day so please make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes
    • Departure days: Tue, Thur, Sat
    • Duration: 6-7 hours
    • Drop off Time: 14:00 to 15:00
    • Please note: The Forbidden City has now implemented a "real name" ticketing system that requires us to give visitors' full names and passport numbers when booking tickets to the Forbidden City. Please ensure that you provide this information in the Special Request box at the time of booking your Urban Adventures Beijing Insight tour
    • You will get our confirmation email
    • You will get our electronic voucher
    • Local operator will contact you

Customer Reviews

  • Tolle Einblicke in die wichtigsten Orte der Stadt
    Wilhelmshaven, Germany | Oct 30, 2015

    Hatte eine super privat Tour da ich an dem Tag der einzige Teilnehmer war. Treffpunkt am Ausgang der Subway direkt neben Tempel of Heaven was dann der erste Besichtigungsort ist, sollte für jeden gut zu finden sein , bei mir sowieso die nächste Subway von meinem Hotel aus . Diese Tour bietet sich an als erste Aktivität in Beijing da man dann mit Subway ,Bus und zu Fuß im Zentrum unterwegs ist und einen guten Überblick bekommt um sich später dann auch alleine zurecht zu finden. Guide sprach gut Englisch ,hatte gute Kenntnisse über die Orte die wir besuchten und hatte auch einige Vorschläge was man später noch während des Aufenthalt in Beijing unbedingt machen sollte, sehr gute Tipps danke.

  • Wonderfull Tour - Highly Recommended
    a Customer
    bad homburg, Germany | Jul 7, 2014

    Splendid Tour covering all the highlights of Beijing. The guide was very knowledgeable and customized the tour to our special requests. No rush at all, highly motivated guide and splendid lunch. What else could one ask for? I definately recommend this tour!

  • Großartig & informativ
    a Customer
    Hamburg, Germany | May 28, 2014

    Besonders toll: Man umgeht dem Verkehrschaos und da ich allein auf der Tour war haben wir die stops kurzfristig individuell umgestaltet, ganz nach meinen Wünschen!

  • Für Fragewütige genau das Richtige
    a Customer
    Esslingen, Germany | Nov 25, 2013

    Es gab ein paar Kleinigkeiten zu bemängeln: - es wurde keine Kontaktnummer von der jeweiligen Reiseleitung zugesandt (gerade schlecht in Bezug auf den nächsten Punkt) - das Reisebüro ist schwer erreichbar (China ist nun einmal eine andere Zeitzone) UND - der Treffpunkt auf der Bestellungsbestätigung ist falsch (Addresse ist mehrdeutig, aber machbar, aber das Punkt auf der Karte ist vollkommen falsch) Hier muss einfach nur besser kommuniziert werden. Ansonsten hatten wir Linda als Tourleiterin und sie war sehr gut. Ihr Englisch war ausreichend gut und Fragen konnte sie meisten auch gut beantworten (manchmal musste man 2-3 fragen, bis sie die Frage verstanden hat). Das ist vor allem sehr gut, wenn man Fragen hat, die über "normale Fragen" herausgehen. Z.B. zu Lebensweisen der Chinesen usw. Eben solche Sachen, die elektronische Tourleiter zum Umhängen nicht beantworten können. Alles in Allem hat uns die Tour sehr gut gefallen.

  • Super, eine fantastische Führung, spannend und abwechslungsreich
    a Customer
    Leichlingen, Germany | Nov 6, 2013

    ausgezeichnete Führung, unsere Erwartungen wurden voll erfüllt

  • How lucky was I?
    Dubai, UAE | Jun 23, 2012

    I was so lucky to be able to do this tour with Vivienne; and even better I was the only person so it was practically a 5 star personnel tour. As the name says it really was an insights and secrets shown tour. Vivienne showed me a side of Beijing, as we walked through all the main attractions, that I would never have been able to see, meet local people, be told the superstitions and the temple protocols, and to be able to understand a China and Beijing that as a tourist, has eluded me. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR, AND YOUR LUCK IS IN IF YOU HAVE THE WONDERFUL VIVIENNE AS YOUR GUIDE. EXCELLENT

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