Beijing Planning Guide: How to Plan a Beijing Tour?

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As the capital of China, Beijing is a must-see destination for any traveler looking to explore the country’s rich tapestry of history and modernity. With over 3,000 years of history, Beijing presents a unique fusion of natural beauty, contemporary culture, and ancient heritage, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Our Beijing city tour is designed to introduce you to this magnificent city in a way that’s engaging and truly memorable.

At Tibet Shambhala Adventure, our depth of experience and professional qualifications allow us to offer a wide range of tour and travel services in Beijing. As a Tibetan-owned travel agency, we pride ourselves on creating bespoke tours and tailored itineraries that showcase the uniqueness of the city. Our offerings extend beyond the ordinary. You can expect special experiences such as Chengdu Tours for panda encounters and explorations of Pek-Xian or Shanghai.

Going on a Beijing city tour with us means you can relax while we handle all the details of planning and organizing your journey. If you’re unsure what to do and where to go, let this blog be your guide. Allow us to share tips and insights as a trusted travel agency.

Things to do and where to go

Below are some of the top attractions and activities to consider including in your Beijing city tour:

Discover the over 600-year mystery and history of the Emperor’s Forbidden City

No city tour in Beijing is complete without visiting the Forbidden City. Situated in the heart of the city, it’s an ancient palace complex that once housed 24 Chinese emperors for over 600 years. Today, the museum shows the rich cultural heritage of the country and is best explored by walking for hours through the imperial palaces, central axis, gardens, and pavilions.

Tiananmen Square

From the Forbidden City, you can drop by Tiananmen Square to explore Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the Monument to the People’s Heroes. This historic landmark is also one of the world’s biggest city squares.

Hike the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is another must-see destination on your Beijing city tour. Known as among the greatest wonders of the world, it’s just a 1.5 to 2-hour drive outside downtown in Mutianyu—one of the wall’s best-preserved areas. This less-crowded section offers breathtaking scenery. For convenience, toboggans and cable cars are available to take you up and down the wall. Visitors usually spend 3 to 4 hours here, providing ample time for photography and some hiking.

Stroll or ride a rickshaw along the Hutong area

The Hutongs feature courtyard residences in traditional alleyways, making them vastly different from the imperial gardens and palaces. The best way to explore this area is via a stroll to glimpse the local life, although you can also ride a rickshaw.

Experience the Temple of Heaven

Emperors used to visit the Temple of Heaven to pray for a good harvest and to worship. Today, the temple complex has an awe-inspiring imperial structure. You can join the locals for Tai Chi exercises in the park in the morning.

Visit Confucius Temple and Guozijian

If you love Chinese culture, be sure to include these destinations in your Beijing city tour. Confucius Temple has been around since 1302 and is dedicated to the great Chinese teacher and philosopher. Meanwhile, Guozijian or the Imperial Academy hosted higher learning from the Tang Dynasty.

Climb Jingshan Park for panoramic views of the city and the Forbidden City

This historic and beautiful park is in Central Beijing, just north of the Forbidden City. It’s the perfect vantage point for viewing the ancient palace complex and seeing how it contrasts with the modern buildings and skyscrapers of the central business district.

How many days should you tour Beijing?

The length of your Beijing city tour should depend on how much you want to see and your interests. We recommend spending at least 3 to 5 days to make the most of its attractions, culture, and history. However, if you only have one day, we can take you to see the highlights with a custom tour that includes the Forbidden City and Mutianyu (The Great Wall).

The best time to visit

The best time to go on a Beijing city tour is in the spring, from April to May, and in fall or autumn, from September to October. It’s when the weather is pleasant and mild, with comfortable temperatures and clear skies for walking and hiking. These months are also less crowded and typically more affordable compared to summer (the peak tourist season).

Spring is also a great time to enjoy the flowers in bloom, such as peonies and cherry blossoms. The weather is pleasant for cycling and visiting more outdoor attractions.

Winter from December to January tends to be cold. That said, the charm of the city blanketed in snow (coupled with fewer tourists) might make this season appealing if you’re comfortable with the chilly temperatures.

Explore Beijing with us!

Let our experts at Tibet Shambhala Adventure plan your Beijing city tour for a more unforgettable and authentic experience. We carefully design these tours to your needs and budget, whether you require a flexible itinerary or a more exclusive way to travel. Call +86-13908907271 to get started!

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