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[1-Day Tour] Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace (Group, no-shopping)

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Day Tour | No-Shopping | Group Tour

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Beijing

Forbidden City | Temple of Heaven | Summer Palace

Explore the heart of imperial China. Step into the gates of the Forbidden City, home to centuries of emperors, and back out to the Temple of Heaven, where annual sacrifices were made to the heavens before experiencing the vast and exquisite imperial playground of the Summer Palace!

Details

7:30-8:30 a.m. Beijing downtown hotel pickup

9:00 a.m. Forbidden City (Zǐjìn Chéng, 紫禁城) (about 2.5 hours, closed on Mondays)

The Forbidden City, or "former palace" (Gù Gōng, 故宫), is one of the must-see sights in Beijing. In the afternoon sunshine, the red walls and golden roof tiles cast a glow across the vast courtyards of this symbol of China's mighty imperial past. If pressed for time, try to spend at least half a day exploring; if you have more time, consider return trips—the Forbidden City's stately spaces and myriad treasures are best lingered over.

12:00 p.m. Temple of Heaven (Tiāntán, 天坛) (about 1 hour)

The Temple of Heaven, completed in 1420 during the reign of the Ming Emperor Yongle, was the most sacred space in which the emperor—also known as the Son of Heaven—performed the most important sacrifices and rites. The gods of earth, water, war, and civilian affairs were all honored, but it was the god of agriculture who received special attention. On the winter solstice, the emperor, after ritual fasts and purification, would beseech Heaven for bountiful harvests.

1:30 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant

2:00 p.m. Summer Palace (Yíhé Yuán, 颐和园) (about 1.5 hours)

An excellent expression of China's imperial spirit, the Summer Palace should be explored at leisure, even if it means setting aside a full day just to wander around soaking up the atmosphere. That said, if you're short on time, even a few hours exploring the halls, courtyards, pavilions, temples and wooded hillsides of this opulent lakeside retreat should prove a highlight of your Beijing visit.

6:00 p.m. Return to hotel

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) English-speaking guide service

2) Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in details

3) Travel Accident Insurance

What is excluded?

1) Cost of boat ride in Kunming Lake

2) Personal expenses, optional items or anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

1.Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. Free cancellation for bookings cancelled at least 3 days in advance. If you cancel 2 days or less before your visit, a 100% cancellation fee will be charged per booking.

2.On departure date we will pick you up from hotels. Free pickup/drop-off available for hotels situated within the 4th Ring Road of Beijing, otherwise an additional charge applies. You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide. Please call Mike @(+86)13811004692 for any urgent matters.

3.Currently payment is only accepted by credit card. Once payment clears, Ctrip will send you a confirmation email with your booking details. If payment fails, your booking will automatically be canceled. To ensure a smooth payment process, we recommend you contact your credit card provider in advance.

4.Time arrangements described in itineraries are subject to change. Guides reserve the right to change arrangements according to weather, transportation and other variable conditions.

5.If you opt to join only part of this activity, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the activity that you miss.

6.All listed meals are Chinese food unless otherwise noted. Please notify us ahead of time for any dietary restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.).

7.Please ensure personal and travel information is entered correctly. Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect and missing information.

8.This product is not open to Chinese passport holders.

9.Bookings made after 7:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity will be canceled.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.