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The Classic – The Sacred Way, Ming Tombs and Badaling section of the Great Wall
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The Classic – The Sacred Way, Ming Tombs and Badaling section of the Great Wall
Beijing
8 Hours

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Tour Historic Beijing 2: Summer Palace, Lama Temple and Panda Garden
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Tour Historic Beijing 2: Summer Palace, Lama Temple and Panda Garden
Beijing
7 Hours

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Beijing Old Hutong Half Day Tour: Pedicab Ride and Local Experience
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Beijing Old Hutong Half Day Tour: Pedicab Ride and Local Experience
Beijing
4 Hours

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Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. A breathtaking experience!
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Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. A breathtaking experience!
Beijing
8 Hours

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An Insight into Chinese Modern Art – Red Gate Gallery & Space 798
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An Insight into Chinese Modern Art – Red Gate Gallery & Space 798
Beijing
6 to 8 Hours

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Summer Palace Half Day Tour
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Summer Palace Half Day Tour
Beijing
4 Hours
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Temple of Heaven & HongQiao Pearl Market Half Day Tour
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Temple of Heaven & HongQiao Pearl Market Half Day Tour
Beijing
4 Hours
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Beijing is a city full of ancient and modern wonders. From the iconic Forbidden City and Great Wall to the trendy 798 Art District, Gray Line’s local guides will show you the best of the city. Experience the rich culture, history and food through our themed tours, such as a traditional hutong alleyway tour or a visit to the Summer Palace. Join us for a memorable journey through the heart of China.

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Things to do in Beijing
1. See the Awe-Inspirational Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and a true bucket-list destination. As you walk along its fortifications, seeing the massive structure stretching across the hills with your own eyes will be an experience you'll never forget.  

Things to do in Beijing
2. Take a Step Back in Time in the Forbidden City

This stunning palace complex was the former residence of Chinese emperors and is now a museum that showcases the rich history of China's imperial past. The complex holds 980 different buildings full of art and treasure and was completed in 1420. You'll love wandering through its intricately designed halls and gardens.  

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3. Discover Spirituality at the Temple of Heaven

Constructed at the same time as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven is a testament to the religious beliefs and practices of ancient China. The complex includes four temples and is surrounded by a huge park where you can take a stroll through the lush gardens and appreciate the peaceful atmosphere.  

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4. Relax and Rejuvenate at the Summer Palace

Take a break from the bustling city and immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings of the Summer Palace gardens. These are full of towers, pavilions and excellent examples of art and sculpture dating back to 1153. You'll love taking a leisurely stroll and enjoying the sights of this historic palace.  

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5. Learn About China's Modern History at Tiananmen Square

The famous Tiananmen Square holds a lot of historical significance, particularly for the events that took place in 1989. Located close to the Forbidden City, the square was built in 1651 and is where you can find the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.  

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6. Marvel at the Iconic Bird's Nest Beijing National Stadium

This impressive stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, was the main venue of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2022 Winter Olympics. Designed with the help of the famous artist, Ai Weiwei, it's a great place to learn about the country's recent history and take in the architecture of the stadium.  

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7. Immerse Yourself in Chinese History at the Capital Museum

The Capital Museum museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in learning about China's rich history and culture. With its diverse collection of artifacts from different dynasties and periods, you'll have a chance to delve deep into the country's past through its more than 200,000 artifacts.  

Things to do in Beijing
8. Experience Traditional Beijing life in the Hutongs

Hutongs are traditional alleyways that connect different courtyards in northern Chinese cities. They offer a fascinating insight into the local way of life in Beijing and are the place to find some of the best food in the city. You'll love seeing the traditional homes and learning about the daily routines of the locals.  

Things to do in Beijing
9. Get Up Close With Wildlife at the Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo is a great place to take the kids to learn about the various species of animals native to China. You'll also have a chance to learn about the zoo's conservation efforts and the importance of protecting wildlife. Giant and red pandas are the most popular animals, but you’ll also spot golden snub-nosed monkeys, South China tigers and Tibetan gazelles as you stroll through the park.  

Things to do in Beijing
10. Discover Chinese Culture at the National Museum of China

This museum is a treasure trove of information about China's rich history and culture. With its extensive collection of more than 1.3 million artifacts documenting 1.7 million years of history, you'll be able to see how the country has evolved.  

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Private Tour
Beijing Old Hutong Half Day Tour: Pedicab Ride and Local Experience
Day trips
Beijing Old Hutong Half Day Tour: Pedicab Ride and Local Experience
Beijing
4 Hours

Private Tour
The Classic – The Sacred Way, Ming Tombs and Badaling section of the Great Wall
Day trips
The Classic – The Sacred Way, Ming Tombs and Badaling section of the Great Wall
Beijing
8 Hours

Private Tour
An Insight into Chinese Modern Art – Red Gate Gallery & Space 798
Day trips
An Insight into Chinese Modern Art – Red Gate Gallery & Space 798
Beijing
6 to 8 Hours

Private Tour
Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. A breathtaking experience!
Day trips
Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. A breathtaking experience!
Beijing
8 Hours

Private Tour
Tour Historic Beijing 2: Summer Palace, Lama Temple and Panda Garden
Day trips
Tour Historic Beijing 2: Summer Palace, Lama Temple and Panda Garden
Beijing
7 Hours

Private Tour
Temple of Heaven & HongQiao Pearl Market Half Day Tour
Day trips
Temple of Heaven & HongQiao Pearl Market Half Day Tour
Beijing
4 Hours
Free Cancelation

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