• Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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See all of Beijing’s cultural and historical highlights on a comprehensive and captivating full-day tour of China’s capital city. Stroll amid the majestic charm of Tiananmen Square; marvel at the imaginative architecture at the Forbidden City; and see the verdant splendor that surrounds the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. Alongside your knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich history and distinctive culture of Beijing and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from selected Beijing hotels.


  • Full-day tour of Beijing's essential attractions: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China
  • Tiananmen Square's monuments and halls
  • Forbidden City Imperial Palace Museum
  • Visiting one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall of China at Badaling
  • Panoramic views from the top of the Great Wall
  • Shopping at the Longdi Jade Factory
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from city-centre Beijing hotels

What You Can Expect

Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour including Great Wall at Badaling, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square

Badaling Great Wall

Depart from your Beijing hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan and begin your cultural exploration of the city at Tiananmen Square, an enclave replete with impressive monuments and opulent halls, Hear about China’s communist history from your expert guide then take the short stroll to the Forbidden City to satisfy more cultural cravings. 

Delve into the history of every Chinese dynasty in each of the four palatial halls, marveling at ostentatious antiques and ancient treasures from thousands of years ago. Admire both the Gate and Palace of Heavenly Purity and listen as your guide explains the cultural significance of the structures. 

Revitalize with a delicious Chinese lunch then return to your spacious vehicle to venture to the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. On arrival, relish the 2,000-year of New Wonder of the World and ascend to the top of the wall to capture panoramic countryside vistas on camera. 

On your way back to your Beijing hotel, stop at the renowned Longdi Jade Factory to shop for precious presents featuring the picturesque green stone.

Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This was our first tour in China and our tour guide did NOT disappoint. Our day was WONDERFUL and we have seen/experienced a LOT OF NICE THINGS :- Our guide was helpful and informative. He showed up on time and was friendly. This tour is well/fairly priced and SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!!!

Alberto M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I did this trip last year and I still remember how well organized it was. If you have just a stop over, this is the best solution.

Tom C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We enjoyed and highly recommend the Beijing Essential Full-Day Tour. Our tour guide was amazing, spoke good English and really made our trip enjoyable and educational as well.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was amazing. We went to the wall and experienced different sites. Since it was not tourist season aswell, it was not packed. Highly recommended. Its a nice way to experience Beijing when you are travelling by yourself

Thomas R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Exceptional Day Tour!
I was expecting to be in a mini-van but got picked up at the Marriott City Wall Hotel by the tour guide,Michael, and his driver,Xie, in a stylish sedan.Thus, I was given a private tour for the entire day 20th October,2017.
The highlights were:
1. Tiananmen Square and this coincided with the 5 yearly Congress, so the decoration of the Square was striking.The friendliness of the thousands of Chinese tourists was memorable.
2.The Forbidden City:a very long walk through the entire historical site:perfectly preserved and perfectly clean.
3.The Great Wall: involved a long drive on a beautiful expressway.Xie's driving was exceptional.I was given free time to explore and walk the Great Wall.The preservation,the width and the height of the Wall is impressive.Once again,the friendliness of the Chinese tourists was highly memorable.

On the Tour we visited a Jade Engraving factory, a Silk factory and a Chinese Tea House.At each of these there was an expectation to buy product:this is my only negative comment.However, these visits ensured the cultural experience was complete.

The Tour lasted almost 11 hours and the treatment I received from Michael and Xie made the Tour perfect: the knowledge they shared,their manner and their effort to make the day memorable.

This Day Tour stands out compared to others I have done in other major cities.My impression of Beijing was thoroughly enriched: this is a City that is vibrant:modern,clean and organised for the huge population who live there.

Noteworthy was the price charged by Viator: much less than similar tours that I had read about,prior to making a decision on which one to choose.

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our tour guy jacky was amazing. Speaks very good English and is willing to answer any questions you may have!!!

Walter W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

The tour was excellent. Our guide was Cynthia and she was amazing. She was full of information and took us through everything and explained the history of it and how it got to where it is now. We went to a silk factory, a jade factory, and a tea ceremony. We also had a great lunch. She explained some of the Chinese symbols to us between visits. I definitely recommend her and the tour. My two friends were also more than happy with the experience

Adrian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A really enjoyable, busy day. Knowledgable and friendly guide.

Tyler V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Really good tour, Jackie was very knowledgeable and hilarious

Jessica R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was AMAZING! It was a perfect day, perfect locations to visit, outstanding tour guide!! Ask to eat at the Jade Factory restaurant.....it was INCREDIBLE! Will always use Viator for future tours :

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