Lonely Planet Experiences Private Beijing Insight Tour

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  • COVID-19protected
  • Sightseeing tour
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 7 hours
  • tour type Small group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 6+ yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Beijing, China
  • Blend in with the locals by taking part in their morning exercises in Temple of Heaven Park
  • Admire the magnificence of Temple of Heaven and learn the royal ritual sacrifice to heaven
  • Explore the iconic Tiananmen Square and understand its local significance
  • Tour the Forbidden City and discover its secrets
  • Indulge in a tasty, typical local lunch
  • Ride the Beijing subway and experience how locals travel around the city
  • Climb to the top of Jingshan Park for great views over ancient Beijing
  • Each Lonely Planet Experience comes with sixmonths free access to Lonely Planet’s Guides App which includes over 8,000 destinations guides and unbeatable discounts to Lonely Planet Guidebooks.
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
  • Your tour includes entrance fees to Temple of Heaven Park and the Forbidden City, fees that help preserve these sites of cultural significance.
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The Lonely Planet Experiences Private Beijing Insight Tour tour starts and ends in Beijing. The Lonely Planet Experiences Private Beijing Insight Tour is a sightseeing tour that takes 7 hours.

See the historical icons that you can’t miss on this private tour of the majestic capital of China. Blend in at the local’s morning exercise session in Temple of Heaven Park. Stand in the symbolic power centre of China on Tian’anmen Square and marvel at the mysterious Forbidden City. This is Beijing 101, suitable for newbies and returning travellers. 

This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

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Looking for the ultimate private Beijing city tour? This just might be it. Hit the icons, partake in local activities, ride the subway, and gain insight into life as a local right here on this Beijing city tour.

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.

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.

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

Your private Beijing tour will end in Jingshan Park, where you are free to spend more time exploring or head back into the heart of Beijingto take in more of the city’s sights.

IMPORTANT: Chinese law requires that all travellers must provide their name, gender, nationality, passport number and birthdate to their tour operator upon booking a tour. Failure to do so could result in a traveller not being able to join their tour, or for the entire group to be denied access to sites such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. When you book this tour, please be sure to fill out all fields at checkout. Please also enter your passport number into the 'Additional Information' box and bring your passport with you on the tour. 

(If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Beijing Insight group tour.)

This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.

  • Lunch. &Nbsp; 
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry to Temple of Heaven Park and historical sites inside
  • Entry to Forbidden City
  • Entry to Jingshan Park
  • Subway fare
  • Drinks
  • items of a personal nature
  • tips / gratuities for guide.
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Cancellation for this Lonely Planet Experiences Private Beijing Insight Tour tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date -full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.


For any tour departures within 23 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 January 2022, a deposit of 100% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 0 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Lonely Planet Experiences Private Beijing Insight Tour tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Lonely Planet Experiences Private Beijing Insight Tour tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

Outside East Gate of the Temple of Heaven. Take Metro Line 5 to Tiantandongmen Station.Note: The Forbidden City requires visitors' full names and passport numbers. Please provide this information when you book and bring your passport with you on the tour.

Meeting end point :

Jingshan Park.

Lonely Planet extras
  • Free access to the Lonely Planet mobile app for one year
  • 25% discount on all items in the Lonely Planet Shop
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour follows established guidelines that are in line with the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ framework against COVID-19.
  • Hygiene and safety guidelines will be followed to ensure your well being is looked after during travels.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated.
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