The Central Axis of Beijing starts in the south of the city from the Yongding Gate, running through the Zhengyang Gate, Tian’anmen Square, The Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, and ending at the Drum and Bell Towers in the north. The city was first built upon this central axis during the Yuan Dynasty and developed over the years.
On this day tour you will visit Tian’anmen Square, The Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and the Hutongs near The Drum and Bell Towers. You will enjoy an overview of some of Beijing top sights along the Central Axis. The full-day tour will end with a fantastic Acrobatic show at Chaoyang Theater. The intensive schedule doesn’t compromise the tour’s quality. We’ve created this tour so that visitors can gain a full and valuable experience of Beijing whilst saving on time and money.
|HIGHLIGHTS||Visiting Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public plazas in the world.
Entering The Forbidden City for an extensive tour through the vast complex.
Having a Chinese box lunch picnic in Jingshan Park
Hiking 10~15 mins to Jingshan Hill to enjoy a panoramic view over the city.
Touring the Hutongs by Rickshaw and Walking
Time to explore the shopping street Yandaixiejie, by the Drum Tower
Enjoying a breath-taking Acrobatic show.
|WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR||On this one-day private tour you can visit the best scenic spots along the Central Axis. This tour is designed for people who want to gain a good insight into Beijing’s attractions in one day. In addition visitors who would like to participate in cultural activities will definitely enjoy the Hutongs and the acrobatic show.|
|INCLUDED||Entrance to attractions listed – The Forbidden City, Jingshan Park
Hutong Tour and Rickshaw
Hotel pick up and drop off by tour guide
Public transportation(subway, bus tickets)
Tickets to the Acrobatic Show
|EXCLUDED||Food, drink and souvenirs during the trip (other than lunch)
|TIPS||You will be walking a lot, comfortable shoes are recommended
Tour operates rain or shine
9:00AM - 10:00AM: Tian'anmen Square
The tour starts at Exit B of Tiananmen East station on subway line 1 Tian’anmen Square is located in the center of Beijing and is one of the largest public plazas in the world. Here you can learn the history of the establishment of modern China and visit monuments to the peoples’ heroes. The visit to Tiananmen Square takes around 30minutes to an hour.
10:00AM - 12:00AM: Forbidden City
At roughly 10am you will enter The Forbidden City for an extensive tour through this vast complex – once the exclusive domain of Ming and Qing Dynasty Emperors and their court. Walking into its imposing walls you will feel the prosperity of Chinese Imperial families. This segment of the trip starts from the Meridian Gate and ends at the Gate of Divine Prowess, and will take around two hours.
12:00AM - 2:00PM: Jingshan Park Picnic
Next you’ll have a picnic style lunch in Jingshan Park with a traditional Chinese lunch box. After the lunch break, you’ll be hiking to the top of Jingshan Hill to enjoy the panoramic view over the Beijing Central Axis and city in total. You should be able to spot other popular Beijing sights like The National Theatre (shaped in an egg) and the White Pagoda inside Beihai Park.
2:00PM - 3:00PM: Hutong & Siheyuan Visit
The afternoon section will begin at 2:00 p.m. We will start in the Hutongs, these neighborhoods represent the traditional lifestyles of local people in Beijing. Beijing City is laid out like a chess board with each Hutong running from north to south or east to west. Here you will take a rickshaw ride and discover old Beijing. You will also have the chance to visit a Siheyuan (courtyard/hutong) family and get to know some Beijing natives.
3:00PM - 5:00PM: Drum Tower & YanDaiXieJie
Then you’ll have some free time to do some gift shopping and food tasting in YanDaiXieJie, a hidden alley near the Drum tower. Along the street, there are many traditional Chinese restaurants providing delicacies from all over the country. You can also find an abundance of lovely souvenirs, such as: traditional clothing and accessories, the quotations and badges of Chairman Mao, Jingtailan pottery, Maliandao Green tea and more.
5:30PM - 6:30PM: Acrobatic Show
Finally you will take the subway to the Chaoyang Theater for the Acrobatic show at 5:30pm. Eye-catching performances, impressive technique and traditional music allow you to experience an entirely new perspective of Chinese folk arts.
Tour ends at the Chaoyang Theater. Closest subway station is Line 10 & Line 6 Hujialou station.
|1||$190 per person|
|2||$142 per person|
|3||$126 per person|
|4||$118 per person|
|5||$113 per person|
|6||$110 per person|
|7||$108 per person|
|8||$106 per person|
|9||$105 per person|
|10||$104 per person|