Beijing UNESCO Heritage Walking Tour (small group)
Type of Tour: Small Group (3 to 8 Pax)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Attractions: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City
Service: English tour guide, Entrance fees
Walking Level: ★★★☆☆ (Middle)
Meeting point: East Gate of Temple of Heaven
Meeting time: 9 am
Departure: Daily (except Monday)
Small-group format ensures a personalized experience.
Reserve your entrance tickets online to skip the long queue.
Learn the local culture and try activities with a local expert.
Informative, friendly, and professional tour guide.
Hear entertaining stories and history from an informative guide.
Meeting point: East gate of Temple of Heaven
How to get there:
1. By subway. Line 5 to Tiantandongmen station (天坛东门). Go out from exit A and turn right, Walk 20 meters.
2. TAXI: Ask your driver to take you to Tiantandongmen (天坛东门)
Give the taxi driver the address in Chinese: 天坛东门
Call for help: +86-13581665548
Your guide will welcome you at the meeting point by holding a small flag with “Beijing Walking Tours”.
The tour starts at the East Gate of the Temple of Heaven;
Temple of Heaven is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for a good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.
You will see a lot of local activities. This is a great place to see the local people’s life.
Then you will lead to see the beautiful temples and learn about the religions in China. After 1.5 hour walk in the temple of heaven, you will lead to Tiananmen square by taking a public bus. Don’t worry, the bus is only 15 minutes and not very crowded.
Our guide will arrange a short break before visiting the palace museum at your request. Or be taken to the old street (Qianmen street) to try some local street food. Our tour guide is flexible to accommodate all the group members.
Tiananmen Square is the heart of China for over 600 years. After 1/2 hour’s walk at Tiananmen Square and then going through the middle gate of Tiananmen Square, you’ll see a vast red gate that is the entrance of the Forbidden City. Then you will go on a quite nice walk to see the fantastic imperial city and hear unique stories. You will have a lot of opportunities for beautiful pictures. As the Forbidden City is the busiest tourist sights in Beijing, it is always full of people. But with our local experts, we can always guide you to a quiet and nice place for a great photo opportunity. After 2 hour tour around the Forbidden City, the tour will finish at the north gate of the Forbidden City.
You can choose to go somewhere else with the help of your guide or keep visiting the Forbidden city on your own in the afternoon.
The Forbidden city close time:
April to October: 17:00
November to March: 16:30
Tour price:(All prices publish are in RMB and per person)
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Payment: After you confirm the tour with us, no prepayment is requested, pay cash to your tour guide at the end of the tour. Or pay for the tour via PayPal.
Professional English-speaking tour guide
All entrance tickets to the sights listed above.
Bus fee from Temple of heaven to Tiananmen Square.
Gratuity to the guide.
Anything which is not listed above.
Reviewed September 15, 2018, via mobile Excellent Tour with a Very Knowledgeable Guide
My mom and I did the Beijing Heritage Walking Tour. Our guide’s name was Joe. Joe spoke English very well and was very knowledgeable about everything we saw. He was an excellent guide! The tour went at a good pace; we felt like we spent enough time at each place but the tour wasn’t too long. We saw the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and a market.
Reviewed November 3, 2018, Fantastic Beijing walking tours with Joe – highly recommend it!
I was in Beijing for only a weekend in October so a friend referred me to Beijing Walking Tours to do get a guided tour. I proceeded to book the Private Hutong and Private Heritage tours.
I had an absolutely amazing experience walking through the streets of Beijing with Joe, who gave me a great perspective on traditional Beijing life. All the destinations are truly something special and Joe is very knowledgeable about all of them. He was able to take me to some of the less touristy places and show me the hidden nooks in well-known attractions. He was flexible with the scheduling and route so we could catch the sun setting over the Forbidden City, which was a sight to see.
The booking process was quick and convenient and Joe fetched and took me back to my hotel every time. Money is very well spent. Thank you very much to Joe and Leo for a great time!….More
Does the tour buy tickets online for us before the tour happens?
The Forbidden City is the most popular attraction in Beijing, the Forbidden City receives many tourists every day. Usually, people have to stand in a queue to buy the tickets and it will take about at least half an hour! In order to save you time, your tour guide will buy the tickets online in advance so that you will NOT need to stand in a boring long queue. We will buy the tickets for you 1 day before the tour happens to avoid the long queue. Please send us your passport number with your full name when you book the tour.
What happens if I am late and miss the Group?
It is important to arrive at the tour starting location at least 10-15 minutes before the start time, as we do start the tour promptly. It would be unfair to the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.
How much walking is there on this tour?
There are between 6 to 7 kilometers of walking at a moderate pace. If mobility is an issue please arrange for a private tour. Please dress appropriately for long-distance walking and the weather.
Does the tour happen during the rain or snow?
We only cancel the tour during extreme weather conditions. Otherwise, the tour goes on. Please check the weather report and be prepared.
Does this tour go to any shops?
We don’t go to tourist shops, factories, etc., and waste our precious time.
How do I pay?
We don’t ask for a deposit; please pay your guide with cash when you meet. We also accept PayPal payments. Our PayPal account is firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the tipping or gratuities policy?
The tip is always appreciated by our guides but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done. Usually, people give 50 to 100 RMB per person per day.